Here is an gallery of public domain images from the New South Wales Police Department that were taken in the 1920′s. This special photograph selection were mostly taken at the Central Police Station, Sydney and compared with the subjects of typical prison mug shots, the subjects of the Special Photographs seem to have been allowed to compose themselves for the camera as they wanted.
These public domain images reveal a lot more than a typical mugshot. The suspects poses look as if they could be from a fashion magazine. Most look disheveled and deranged, but some look very guilty. Their hand in pockets, hats tipped to the side, and their eyes scowling at the camera. They look like movie characters from a Dick Tracey film, with the crime they committed still fresh on their mind.
Major exhibitions featuring these public domain images have travelled widely, including “Crime Scene” and “Femme Fatale” and two books have been produced “City of Shadows” and “Crooks Like Us“by Peter Doyle.
As always these photos are considered public domain images and you can download them and use them for your projects without and licensing fees limitations or restrictions.