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Mug shot of William Stanley Moore taken 1 May 1925, Central cells.  
 
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Title: Mug shot of William Stanley Moore, 1 May 1925, Central Police Station, Sydney.
 
Creator: New South Wales. Police Dept.
 
Date: May 1925
 
Format: [Picture] Glass plate negative:
 
Inscription: Emulsion side:
 
Place: Central Police Station (Sydney, N.S.W.)
 
Subject: police detainees and suspects
mug shots
 
Description: Special Photograph no. 1399. this picture appears in the Photo Supplement to the NSW Police Gazette, 28 July, 1926 captioned: 'Opium dealer./ Operates with large quantities of faked opium and cocaine./ A wharf labourer; associates with water front thieves and drug traders.'
This picture is one of a series of around 2500 "special photographs" taken by New South Wales Police Department photographers between 1910 and 1930. These "special photographs" were mostly taken in the cells at the Central Police Station, Sydney and are, as curator Peter Doyle explains, of "men and women recently plucked from the street, often still animated by the dramas surrounding their apprehension". Doyle suggests that, compared with the subjects of prison mug shots, "the subjects of the Special Photographs seem to have been allowed - perhaps invited - to position and compose themselves for the camera as they liked. Their photographic identity thus seems constructed out of a potent alchemy of inborn disposition, personal history, learned habits and idiosyncrasies, chosen personal style (haircut, clothing, accessories) and physical characteristics."
 
Published in: Peter Doyle with Caleb Williams City of shadows: Sydney police photographs 1912-1948 Historic Houses Trust, 2005, pp.175, 180, 235.
 
Exhibited in: City of Shadows at the Justice & Police Museum, Sydney, November 2005-January 2007.
 
Source: Justice & Police Museum ; 037
 
Rights: Justice & Police Museum
 
Record no: 31912