City of Shadows (Exhibition)

Starting tomorrow, June 29, the Sydney Living Museums is re-opening the City of Shadows Exhibition, a terrifically dark look at Sydney crime and razor gangs during the 1920s, 30s and 40s. The stunningly gruesome and gritty police forensic photography will be on show at Sydney’s Police and Justice Museum. The exhibition comes from the work of Sydney writer and academic, Peter Doyle (pictured below), whose work City of Shadows: Sydney Police Photographs, 1912-1948 (2005) and Crooks like Us (2009) has inspired the exhibition, and who works as a part-time curator of the museum. While not immediately associated with crime, the city of Sydney has a shady past of colourful crooks and gangsters. Also to feature in 2013 is the much-anticipated Suburban Noir exhibition, also curated and organised by Doyle, which is to feature artistic interpretations -paintings, photographs- of police forensic photography collected and archived by Doyle.


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