Setups for photographing suspects and murder scenes.
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In the first decades after the invention of photography, police forces began assembling “rogues galleries,” collections of images of suspected and convicted criminals.
These galleries were rarely organized in any systematic way, much to the chagrin of Alphonse Bertillon, who began his career as a clerk in the Prefecture of Police in Paris in 1879.
Seeking to create some kind of orderly system for recording the features of suspected criminals and organizing them in a useful way, Bertillon developed a system of anthropometrics that came to be called the Bertillon system. Read more…