Photographing the Rogues: The Police and 19th Century Photography

Before there were mugshots there were rogues’ gallery photos.

If you’re interested in the history of police and prison photography during the 19th century, you’re in luck! I’m giving a Zoom talk on the subject this coming Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 1:30 PM EST. The talk will be recorded, so if you have plans on Saturday, no worries—you can watch later at your convenience.

Here’s where to register for the talk:

Why did authorities in America and the U.K. turn to photography to identify suspects? Where were the earliest photos of suspects and criminals made? Who ended up in front of police cameras? Why were children photographed? All these topics and more will be covered in the talk.

The proceeds benefit The Daguerreian Society, a group dedicated to collecting, information and preservation of 19th century photographs.

Rogues, a Study of Characters by Samuel G. Szabó, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Featured photo: Tintype of unidentified man, The St. Louis Rogues’ Gallery, Missouri Historical Society

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