Busted: The Enduring Allure of the Mug Shot

Sarah Parsons and Carol Zemel recently spoke at a panel discussion hosted by the Archives of Ontario, entitled “Busted: The Enduring Allure of the Mug Shot.” Organized to complement the exhibition “Arresting Images,” drawn from the collections of the Ontario Provincial Police Museum, the panel addressed issues of power both then and now, the context of the pictures, their public and private features, and their impact on the viewer. Moderated by Stephen Bulger, president of Toronto’s Bulger Gallery, the panel discussion featured York visual arts Professors Katherine Knight, Sarah Parsons and Carol Zemel. See http://finearts.news.yorku.ca/2011/11/23/busted-york-u-visual-arts-panel-looks-at-the-enduring-allure-of-the-mug-shot-in-archives-of-ontario-exhibition-arresting-images.

Photo credit: Mug shots from the exhibition Arresting Images. Photos from the collection of the OPP Museum. From left: Joseph Collins, alias Sly Joe, pickpocket. Arrested May 7, 1895; Rebecca Shanley, charged with the crime of “elopement” on July 14, 1888; Don McGill, arrested June 13, 1900 for burglary and larceny. Sentenced October 16, 1900 to four months in jail; Peter Lake, alias Lane, alias Grand Central Pete. Con and bunco artist. Arrested June 7, 1900.