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City of Shadows: Sydney Police Photographs 1912-1948

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In the late 1980s a collection of forensic crime photography, created by the New South Wales Police between 1912 and 1960, was rescued from a flooded warehouse. This text draws on Peter Doyle's extensive research into these fascinating and often eerily beautiful images of everyday misadventures in Sydney between 1912 and 1948.
Hardcover, 239 pages
Published February 5th 2007 by Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales
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Debbie Robson
Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When Peter Doyle began gathering material for this book in early 2003 he resolved to look at every negative in the pre 1945 section of the archive. A year and a half later and with three quarters of the pre-war archive sill unsurveyed, he ceased closely reading all but a few document photographs. As Doyle explains:
Exterior photographs reveal irreducible truths about the geology and natural history of the Sydney district - for instance the snake-infested sand dunes and treeless heathlands, the
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Velvetink
* 30/12/2010 as an aside, anyone catch the new tv advertisement for "Underbelly" on Channel 9 tonight. The photograph on the cover of this book was spliced in amongst scenes from the new upcoming series. A fourth Underbelly series to screen in 2011 promises to lift the lid on the birth of organised crime in Australia.

Based in Sydney in the roaring 1920s, Underbelly Razor tells the story of the bloody battle between "vice queens" Tilly Devine and her rival Kate Leigh.
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Karl
Oct 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Incredible 'forgotten' police photos from turn of the century Sydney and the stories of the crims, sly-grog runners and prostitutes not often captured in text book history - the glass plates from decades of early police crime photography were discovered recently after a government warehouse basement flooded - the photos are amazing and very high quality due to the glass plate process - the glimpses of this forgotten Sydney are incredibly rich & detailed.
Mr_wormwood
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
contains some truly mesmerizing photos. The text on the artistic context gave me a few good leads for further stuff like this, artists like Luc Sante and Arnold Odermatt, while the text on the historical context of the photos themselves delivers a facinating insight into the life of Sydney's underworld. great stuff
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Peter Doyle was born in Maroubra, in Sydneys eastern suburbs. He worked as a taxi driver, musician, and teacher before writing his first book, "Get Rich Quick", which won the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Crime Novel. He has published two further books featuring protagonist Billy Glasheen, "Amaze Your Friends" and "The Devils Jump", and a fourth, "The Big Whatever", is slated for publication in ...more

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