Introduction by James Ellroy/ Forward by William J. Bratton/ Essay by Tim B. Wride
Police officers and forensic photographers with the Los Angeles Police Department have been working since the 1920's, recording images of everything from routine raids to infamous murders. Long forgotten in a warehouse, the negatives of these photographs were recently discovered, and a team of police officers and archivists began printing them. What results is a collection of images that serve as a history of Los Angeles from c.1930 to c.1960. Crime scenes, forensic evidence, mug shots, suspects -- important for the evidentiary value and striking in their haunting beauty -- are cinematic vignettes, steeped in the noir aesthetic. The images are accompanied by captions gathered from police logs and original newspaper accounts.
155 duotone photographs, 240 pages, book size: 8 1/8" x 13"
Released Fall 2004 - currently out of print