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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. A collection of evidence photographs taken by the New York City Police between 1914 and 1918 is minutely annotated to express the social fabric of the times.

Luc Sante (born 25 May 1954, Verviers, Belgium) is a writer and critic. His books include Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York (1991). Born in Verviers, Belgium, Sante immigrated to the United States in the early 1960s. He attended school in New York City, first at Regis High School in Manhattan and later at Columbia University from 1972 to 1976; due to several incompletes and outstanding library fines, he did not take a degree.

Following Low Life, Luc Sante's acclaimed evocation of the underside of New York City's history, Evidence is. .

Following Low Life, Luc Sante's acclaimed evocation of the underside of New York City's history, Evidence is an investigation into the mysteries of crime, death, and photography that only this brilliant and original writer could conduct. Luc Sante minutely examines these pictures of crime scenes and draws them out by every possible means: speculating about the lives and deaths depicted; discussing the progress of the forensic use of photographs and the mission of photography itself; and, where possible, reconstructing the events that led up to these frozen terminal images.

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A collection of evidence photographs taken by the New York City Police between 1914 and 1918 is minutely annotated to express the social fabric of the times, the texture of the lives depicted, and the progress of the forensic use of photography.

What this book teaches us is that the past is both gone forever and very much still with u. Sante has developed a particular, lacquered prose styl. phoristic and matter-of-fact, that serves his purposes magnificentl.Low Life long remains in the imagination.

What this book teaches us is that the past is both gone forever and very much still with us. -Wendy Lesser, East Bay Express. It proceeds by the accumulation of anecdote and telling detail, rendered in prose that delights the reader with constant felicities. The narrative is replete not only with wit but with feelin.No brief summary can do justice to the scope and richness of Sante’s chronicle. Jim Holt, Philadelphia Enquirer. David Rieff, Times Literary Supplement.

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1992 - Social Science - 99 pages. A collection of evidence photographs taken by the New York City Police between 1914 and 1918 is minutely annotated to express the social fabric of the times, the texture of the lives depicted, and the progress of the forensic use of photography. well this kind of thing facinates me. It is a book that showcases NYPD crime scene photos from 1914 to 1918

A collection of evidence photographs taken by the New York City Police between 1914 and 1918 is minutely annotated to express the social fabric of the times, the texture of the lives depicted, and the progress of the forensic use of photography.

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Virtual
I wish I could write as beautifully as Luc Sante. Since he is Belgian, I assume English was not his cradle language. If that's right, then as an ESL stylist he ranks with Conrad and Deutscher as a master of prose style.

Of content, not so much.

There's something about a photograph that makes intellectuals go all runny inside. They start worrying about what's outside the frame, or what would have been in it just before or just after. Conceptually, a photograph is no more instantaneous than, say, a diary entry. But nobody worries about what Pepys left out.

A photograph is what it is. No need to make a big production number out of it.

Sante tries. Like the photos that end up in Found magazine, the pictures in "Evidence" are random. The New York police threw away decades of crime photographs. A few hundred escaped and Sante, who wrote the delightful "Low Life" about New York's seamy side, found them and selected 55 on, he says, purely aesthetic merits.

Fine. Nothing wrong with that. But if that was the purpose, why the text?

Well, of course, we don't look at police photographs as if they were Mark Rothko daubs, utterly without intellectual content. We expect them to tell a story.

In a few cases, Sante is able to match a picture with a story as reported in newspapers of the day. Others are completely unidentifiable and mysterious. So what does Sante do? He does what anyone would do -- he makes up stories to fit.

That's all there is to it. His ruminations about how we justify looking at these pictures are beside the point.

Some, it's true, are gruesome, but others, which have a gruesome story behind them, are on the surface peaceful. They could be of someone sleeping on a bed. We know they are dead not asleep, and the knowledge makes the difference. The photographs themselves are indifferent.

This is especially the case of shots of vacant lots.

Sante makes one good point. Since the events were unrehearsed, nobody straightened up the rooms (or warehouses, hallways, streets) for company. These photos are curious, unbuttoned (often, literally) documents of how people lived in New York City 90 years ago.

Evidently, the originals were highly detailed. Sante was able to read headlines on newspapers or printing on bits of paper scattered around, and thus to date or otherwise explain some of the scenes. The reproductions in the book lose all that.

There are plenty of other published collections of police photographs. Or war photographs. Nothing except their artificial rarity and the éclat of the Big Apple raises this little collection above the average of the others.
Cordabor
From the very first line of the book, "Time in its passing casts off particles such as photograhs, mementos, relics, junk", I knew I would love this book. They mystery behind most of these 100 year old crime scene photos is unknowable and observing them is quite eerie. I loved this book.
JoJolar
This is a collection of crime scene photos taken by the New York City Police Department between the years 1914 and 1918. Sante's commentary is clear and consistently well-written. The fascination here is that viewing these images is similar to the feeling one gets when looking through very old snapshots in the attic of a house belonging to an older relative. But the strangely voyeuristic sense one always gets while looking at old photographs is magnified in this book exponentially, and the experience becomes a distinctly chilling, almost uncomfortable one. Although certainly not for everyone, this book is nontheless unique and darkly wonderful.
Inertedub
A compelling collection of crime scene photographs taken by the New York City Police Department between 1914 and 1918. The images are always intriguing, often mysterious, sometimes artistic, occasionally shocking, and reliably graphic. The appendix contains a detailed explanation of all known facts regarding each image (include applicable newspaper clippings) and much reasonable speculation on those images where the facts are lost to history. Highly recommended for the morbidly curious and fans of morbid history, alike!
Yramede
The photos in this assemblage are really awful -- I could hardly stand to look. The relief is in reading the commentary, which is a series of lucid, appropriately concise themes on crime, death, material culture, memory, randomness and order -- and the versatile and vital craft of photography.
Mr.Champions
a clear a concise book of early 1900's crime scene photos with interesting text. not for the faint hearted. very graphic stuff including an image of a dead pregnant dog.
Balhala
The book was interesting but I would not have rated this item in "good" condition. It was pretty beat with some marks and smelled musty to me.
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Author: Luc Sante
ISBN: 0374150508
Category: History
Subcategory: Americas
Language: English
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux; 1st edition (November 1, 1992)
Pages: 99 pages