ORIGINAL MUG SHOT, 1913 | San Francisco, CA - 001

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ORIGINAL MUG SHOT, 1913 | San Francisco, CA - 001

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Mug shots are a distinct kind of photographic taxonomy. They record the physical features that distinguish one human being from another for purposes of criminal investigation. Unlike the fallibility of a police officer’s eye, the camera, it is assumed, accurately records the features of one’s face. Criminal records aside, the police camera seems also to record an essence beyond mere facial features, making mug shots a fascinating type of portrait photography. The sitter looks directly into your eyes and, staring back, you are mesmerized by a glint of what he or she is thinking.

  • Vintage original
  • Dated 1913, Department of Police, City of San Francisco
  • Approximately 5 1/2 x 6 in.
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