Crime on Film: Forensic and Police Photography

After Dark at Justice & Police Museum

Join Sydney Living Museums Curator Holly Schulte to delve into the world of forensic photography, mugshots and original glass-plate negatives, the pride of the Justice & Police Museum collection.

Learn about the remarkable NSW Police Forensic Photography Archive, made up of approximately 130,000 negatives taken by police photographers. You'll also have the opportunity to watch Facing the Darkness, a short film about the grim work of 20th-century police crime-scene photographers.

Grab a drink from the bar, get an airbush tattoo, and have your souvenir polaroid photograph taken. Plus check out unique photographs from the collection as you explore the Museum after dark.

Floor talk

Join curator Nerida Campbell as she discusses the famous ‘Shark Arm’ case and how early police photography played an important role in solving this murder mystery. 

Airbrush tattoos

Tat Me Up will be on hand to apply period style tattoos with several designs to choose from including a copy of the ‘Shark Arm’ boxer tattoo and one of a shark for good measure. Don't worry though, these tattoos are completely removable and non toxic ingredients are used in their application.  

Instant photos

Dress up accordingly and join In An Instant for instant, take home photos in the style of criminal photography that forms part of the Justice & Police Museum Collection. 



Holly Schulte is the Curator Digital Assets with Sydney Living Museums where she is part of the Collections & Access team. In this role she is responsible for a range of collection related tasks with a focus on photography, digitisation and digital asset management. Her research interests address photography, collections, image making and associated technology. Read more.

Sunil Badami is a bon vivant, raconteur and flâneur. He’s also a writer, academic and broadcaster — as well as having been a trainee circus clown in England and sous chef in a pub on the Isle of Man, managing a sex shop in Kings Cross, working for Corrective Services NSW and becoming the last Grand Champion of Temptation (formerly Sale of the Century), one of Australia’s longest-running and richest quiz shows. Sunil has long explored the shadowy alleys of the city’s underbelly, having extensively researched Sydney’s crime history from the 1920s to the 1980s. Read more.

Nerida Campbell is a curator with Sydney Living Museums who has a fascination with the darker side of history. Her recent exhibitions have explored the Underworld of the Roaring Twenties, the work of undercover cops and the stories of NSW’s most intriguing female criminals. Read more

Booking essential

General: $30

Member: from $5 (includes a free drink)

Ticket includes museum entry.

18+. This is a licenced event.

Members enjoy a 20% discount on event tickets

When & Where

Friday 20 May 2022 5PM–8PM

Justice & Police Museum

Corner Albert and Phillip Streets, Circular Quay, Sydney, NSW 2000
+612 02 9252 1144

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