World’s Best Mugshots Are From 1920’s Australia

August 22, 2013 | Marina Galperina

These types of Australian mugshots resurface once in awhile, but this batch of face / full body diptychs is the most gorgeous set I’ve ever seen.

They were shot in the ’20s and discovered in ’89. They’re actually 4-by-6-inch glass plate negatives. That means one giant bulky camera and lots of set-up. The most proper of portraiture… Check the grins. The swagger. The smirk from under the brim of a hat. The swagger. Is that guy snapping his fingers? Oh. YOU BAD.