… the Photography Section, poked away with the sparrows on the top of the Headquarters Building, is the pride of the whole force.

Truth (Sydney), 30 November 1924

The images captured on the glass-plate negatives were intended to be printed as closely cropped identification mugshots showing the suspect’s face and build. Knowing this, the police photographer often did not bother to move his bag and occasionally his hat out of the frame. These little personal relics of the man behind the camera make many cameos in the Specials.

  • Dual mugshot in black and white; man seated and then man standing, with hat on. Photographer's bag sitting on window sill behind man.

    FJ McTague, 8 January 1929

  • Dual mugshot in black and white; man seated and then man standing, with hat on. Photographer's bag on table behind man.

    Albert Edward Benson, 28 May 1925

  • Dual mugshot in black and white; man seated and then man standing, with hat on. Photographer's bag on table behind man.

    Edward Thomas, 9 January 1923

  • Dual mugshot in black and white; man seated and then man standing, with hat on. Photographer's bag on table behind man.

    John Frederick Taylor, 15 August 1923

  • Dual mugshot in black and white; man seated and then man standing, with hat on. Photographer's bag on table behind man.

    Arthur Llewellyn Smith, 10 November 1921