The police photography of motor accident scenes developed from the one or two frame approach to many shots, giving a more comprehensive view of the incident. By the mid-1940s, police photographers were documenting the general location of an accident, the damaged vehicles in situ, different viewpoints and close-up details. The photographs helped investigators to determine […]
Category Archive for 'Accident scenes'
In the 1930s increasing speed and a larger number of vehicles meant road authorities began focusing on the cause of traffic accidents. During this early period of crash investigation police usually took only one or two photographs, often not at the location where the accident occurred. In these early examples its impossible to speculate on […]
The Archive Gallery has been transformed for the archive’s latest offering Collision: misadventure by motor car. This exhibition presents previously unseen traffic accident photographs taken by police between 1920 and 1964. Recent research on the archive reveals that after the mid-1940s the police approach to photographing accident sites becomes more comprehensive – expanding from one […]