Saturday, 17 September 2016
Despite the oft-repeated mantra - that one is innocent until proven guilty - mugshots suggest otherwise. Mark Michaelson, who's been collecting vintage mugshots since the 1990s, refers to these photos as the 'least wanted.'
The subjects captured in vintage mugshots may have been brought in under bogus charges by corrupt officers, or arrested for crimes no longer considered criminal, like adultery, begging, or expressing communist beliefs. But mugshots often outlive the truth. Collectors Weekly spoke with Michaelson about his mugshot collection and the stories unearthed by his photographic obsession.