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Category Archive for 'crime scenes'

Rooms

A window in the upstairs bedroom rattles in its frame, and the shamus knows that his enemies are coming for him. It’s a gentle but potent image, as though the house itself had taken a sharp breath. It’s from Dashiell Hammett’s story, the ‘House on Turk Street’. It replays one of the oldest riffs in […]

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The 1950s

FP08 0189 004 At various times over the last few months, I’ve been up in the museum loft, with Museum Studies intern Veronica Kooyman, poring over crime scene negatives from the 1950s. As a result of this experience my vision of that decade has been seriously revised. In Australian historiography, the 1950s are portrayed as […]

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Domestic violence shocks us for a number of understandable reasons. Not least because the home, usually a place of shelter and love, becomes cruelly violated, turned into a site of moral disaster by its touch. And as familiar as I have become with the raw and uncensored evidence of wrongdoing the archive is so full […]

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I found this surreal and somber glass plate negative several months ago and immediately set it aside for digital scanning. I discuss some of the thoughts the image provoked below. The discovery of this image triggered a powerful reaction. I felt stunned. There is the illusion of motion in the photograph. The flash creates shadow […]

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