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Alphonse Bertillon’s Synoptic Table of Physiognomic Traits (ca. 1909)

Adam Green - October 10, 2017 in Alphonse Bertillon, archive, Bertillonage, biopower, criminals, faces, filing, fingerprinting, fingerprints, foucault, identification, modern sublime, police

Cheat sheet to help police clerks put into practice Bertillon's method for classifying and archiving the images of repeat offenders.

Alphonse Bertillon’s Synoptic Table of Physiognomic Traits (ca. 1909)

Adam Green - October 10, 2017 in Alphonse Bertillon, archive, Bertillonage, biopower, criminals, faces, filing, fingerprinting, fingerprints, foucault, identification, modern sublime, police

Cheat sheet to help police clerks put into practice Bertillon's method for classifying and archiving the images of repeat offenders.

The Anthropometric Detective and His Racial Clues

Adam Green - February 24, 2016 in Anthropometric Laboratory, arthur conan doyle, detective fiction, eugenics, fingerprints, francis galton, Science & Medicine, sherlock holmes

Ava Kofman explores how the spectre of race, in particular Francis Galton's disturbing theory of eugenics, haunts the early history of fingerprint technology.