Underworld – Mugshots from the Roaring Twenties – National Archives of Australia Kings Avenue Barton

Kate Leigh “Queen of the Underworld”

Subtitled “Mugshots from the roaring twenties” this exhibition is a rich visual entry into Australia 100 years ago. At heart it is an exploration of an emerging field of photography centred in the criminal underworld in the 1920s.

In the exhibition you walk through a gallery of fascinating characters photographed in black and white through the medium of class plate photography. The gallery is peopled by hard crooks and petty criminals both male and female, There are lots of delightful brief biographies spelling out what let the sitters to be captured in a mugshot. The sitters are in various poses and dressed in various fashions. A collection of more fascinating faces would be hard to find.

Exhibition is on till 24 October 2021. Opening hours 9.30am -430.pm. Parking is $3/hour seven days a week. Website https://www.naa.gov.au/visit-us/events-and-exhibitions/underworld-mugshots-roaring-twenties.

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