Underworld: Mugshots from the Roaring Twenties
Never intended for public consumption, meet Sydney’s 1920s criminal underworld from stone-cold gangsters to thrill-seeking joy-riders in our captivating book accompanying our Underworld exhibition.
Underworld: Mugshots from the Roaring Twenties features more than 220 intriguing mugshots of police suspects from 1920s Sydney, documenting the denizens of the criminal underworld and providing a remarkable rogues’ gallery of thugs and thieves, prostitutes and pickpockets, white-collar opportunists and blue-collar gunmen.
The images are selected from a collection of more than 2500 glass-plate negatives, part of the New South Wales Police Forensic Photography Archive held at the Justice & Police Museum in Sydney. Never intended for public consumption, they are unique among international criminal portraiture. Suspects smile, laugh, snarl or sneer at the camera and each image is suffused with the sitter’s personality.
Published December 2017
235mm x 320mm