At the Scene of the Crime: Vintage Photos from the LAPD Archive (NSFW)

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Even policework requires some photography skills. LA photographer Merrick Morton rediscovered the heap film negatives and prints long forgotten in the archives of the Los Angeles Police Department.

The photographs were found in bad shape most of them decaying due to the nitrate-based quality of the film. Use of cellulose nitrate in the film industry stopped in the early 40's and 50's due to the dangers accompanied by the decomposition of film.

Morton and his team of film archivists spent hours to rescue these grim photographs, chronicling crime scenes such as murder, bank heists, mob hits, and forensic images of Lenny Bruce's overdose in March 1966. Most of the photographs were taken as early as the 1920s.


Images are from Dangerous Minds.

2017-12-03 #culture #los-angeles #crime-photography #forensic-photography

3 Comments

  1. montagu
    montagu ·

    dark. but good

  2. polaroidlove
    polaroidlove ·

    Wow, they didn't shy away from taking gruesome photos.

  3. lukash
    lukash ·

    Cool!

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