shots are photographic portraits of arrested suspects and convicted
criminals. Since the mid-19th century, they have been used to
help form a record of identification for the Police. However, they
are far from being mundane bits of Police paperwork. Rather,
mug shots are intriguing images which have a powerful ability to
captivate our imaginations. Perhaps this is because of the
interesting questions they evoke: What crime did this person
commit? Were they guilty? Do they look like a criminal? Do they look
normal? What happened to them?
Click on any mug shot for a closer look. Picasa Web Album will open in a new window.
Chelsea Nichols, March 2010. Unless otherwise stated, all images and information found on this website are property of the New Zealand Police Museum.