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Great photobook, actual scrapbook kept by a detective.
on 25 July 2000
Anyone interested in death photography, the history of murder/suicide or just plain death itself should buy this book. The introduction, by Katherine Dunn, seeks to find out why a homicide detective would keep a scrappbook full of pictures from death scenes he has witnessed. It also offers explanations to some of the pictures that make up the main part of the book, although the number of pictures it does give histories of/explanations about is quite low in number, which lets the rest of the book down slightly. However, the photos all tell a story on their own and the end of the book allows us to peek into how the photos had deteriorated over time and how they were painstakingly enhanced so it would be possible for us now to see them as they once were. If you want a book to shock yourself or others with then look no further. But be warned, the images in this book are not a joke, these photos are extremley graphic in their nature (i.e. a roadtraffic victim is shown. The body in the background with the head decapitated in the foreground.) The reader is reminded that these were once living people, the book is not intended an a "gore-fest" but a priveliged look at past scenes of death that a detective witnessed.