The Justice & Police Museum at Circular Quay in Sydney launched a new photography space earlier this year called the Archive Gallery. The gallery shows the work of forensic photographers from the 1940's and 1950's from its extensive forensic photography negative archive.
The photos document the harsh reality of crime in poetic black and white square format images taken with a steady hand. The stillness that is conveyed contrasts with the hurried phone camera shots we see on the news and internet today.
Photo: Aerial view of police attending a fatal fall in Sydney in 1954 photographed by Police Photographer Ross
source: Historic Houses Trust