Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on 23 January 2014 - 8:44pm

Special Photograph no. D88 (Drug Bureau photograph).
This picture is one of a series of around 2500 "special photographs" taken by New South Wales Police Department photographers between 1910 and 1930. These "special photographs" were mostly taken in the cells at the Central Police Station, Sydney and are, as curator Peter Doyle explains, of "men and women recently plucked from the street, often still animated by the dramas surrounding their apprehension". Doyle suggests that, compared with the subjects of prison mug shots, "the subjects of the Special Photographs seem to have been allowed - perhaps invited - to position and compose themselves for the camera as they liked. Their photographic identity thus seems constructed out of a potent alchemy of inborn disposition, personal history, learned habits and idiosyncrasies, chosen personal style (haircut, clothing, accessories) and physical characteristics."

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New South Wales. Police Dept. Drugs Bureau.
Sunday, 1 June 1930
Special Photograph no. D88 (Drug Bureau photograph). This picture is one of a series of around 2500 "special photographs" taken by New South Wales Police Department photographers between 1910 and 1930. These "special photographs" were mostly taken in the cells at the Central Police Station, Sydney and are, as curator Peter Doyle explains, of "men and women recently plucked from the street, often still animated by the dramas surrounding their apprehension". Doyle suggests that, compared with the subjects of prison mug shots, "the subjects of the Special Photographs seem to have been allowed - perhaps invited - to position and compose themselves for the camera as they liked. Their photographic identity thus seems constructed out of a potent alchemy of inborn disposition, personal history, learned habits and idiosyncrasies, chosen personal style (haircut, clothing, accessories) and physical characteristics."
Glass plate negative:
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City of Shadows at the Justice & Police Museum, Sydney, November 2005-January 2007.
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Mug shot of Frederick Schmelz 20 June 1930, details unknown.
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Justice & Police Museum
Mug shot of Frederick Schmelz, 20 June 1930, location and details unknown.
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Published Note

Peter Doyle with Caleb Williams <a href=./fullRecord.jsp?recno=28106>City of shadows: Sydney police photographs 1912-1948</a> Historic Houses Trust, 2005, pp.204, 237.