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Least Wanted: A Century of American Mugshots,by Mark Michaelson / Steven Kasher

Least Wanted: A Century of American Mugshots

Mark Michaelson / Steven Kasher

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The first survey of the American mugshot. The selection demonstrates that mugshots, taken under duress, can be as full of truth and beauty as more cooperative masterpieces of studio portraiture. Edited by Steven Kasher and Mark Michaelson, essay by Bob Nickas, texts by Mark Michaelson and Kio Stark.
“Hookers, stooges, grifters and goons. Punks, sneaks, mooks and miscreants. These are the Least Wanted. Men and women. Elderly and adolescent. Rich and poor. Mostly poor. These photographs are part of a collection of over 10,000 American criminal mugshots ranging from the 1880s to the 1970s that I gathered over the last ten years. Least Wanted is a poetic encyclopedia of discarded portraits set free from the steel file drawers of police departments and prisons. Created as utilitarian instruments, they survive as extraordinary visual artifacts. Bored, sheepish, proud, coy, tough, defiant, bounced, and bruised. Innocent-until-proven-guilty faces that stare back at the camera with unmistakable individuality. This is central casting for the Late Late Show of an unvarnished reality. Small-timers. Fallen through the cracks. These documents, meant to be destroyed when obsolete, are remnants of a bygone era of hard- copy originals. They are physical photographs, often accompanied by municipal ephemera, attached to cards and documents. Typewritten and rubber stamped. Measured and fingerprinted. Documented and classified. A century of American social history, filed and forgotten - until now.” Mark Michaelson
Titel Least Wanted: A Century of American Mugshots
Author Mark Michaelson / Steven Kasher
Signed No
ISBN 3865212913
Language English
Dimensions (cm hxb) 28,5 x 22,5
Book condition Fine
Cover condition Fine
Condition description Very nice copy, minimal rubbing to cover.
Binding Hardcover without dustjacket (as issued)
Edition First edition
Pages 304
Publisher Steven Kasher Gallery / Steidl
Publishing date 2006
Publishing place New York / Göttingen
Number published No
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