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Booked: The Last 150 Years in 366 Mug Shots

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Publisher Comments:

Why are we so fascinated with seeing celebrities arrested? Is it the guilty pleasure of seeing the mighty fall? Or the voyeuristic appeal of witnessing people at their seemingly most candid and vulnerable moments?

Using a dazzling selection of mug shots that are arrestingly raw in their starkness and strangely eloquent in their simplicity, this absorbing, humorous, often bewildering collection sheds a whole new light on our rebellious century.

From A-list celebrities Hugh Grant and 50 Cent to political icons Martin Luther King, Jr. and Angela Davis, from serial killer Ted Kaczinsky to the oddly beautiful actor privy to Abraham Lincoln’s assignation, from prisoners of Auschwitz to a bearded Saddam Hussein, all of them declare a simple truth: the last 150 years told through police photographs is truly an alternative history. Author Giacomo Papi’s brisk and insightful commentary enlightens us with intriguing backstories and little-known facts.

A feast for the eyes and the mind, Booked presents an ingenious and utterly unique snapshot of our times.

Giacomo Papi is the author of several books including Era una notte buia e tempestosa (It was a dark and stormy night), an anthology of the best opening lines in world literature, with a preface by Umberto Eco; Papá, a best-selling humorous guide for expecting fathers; and Accusare: Storia del Novecento in 366 foto segnaletiche. Since 2000 he has worked as a journalist for Diario, an Italian weekly newsmagazine.

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This unusual book was originally published in Italian (ISBN Edizioni, Italy; 2004) and is here made available in translation for English-speakers. Some 300 photos taken by police photographers of people in custody are presented, each with a page or so of explanatory text. The subjects include many from the US, but a good portion, also, from Italy and elsewhere. Among them are celebrities of all types and their children--booked for various petty and not-so-petty crimes; notorious violent criminals; political prisoners; and everyday individuals justly or unjustly held. The concluding essay is a philosophical reflection on the political and historical significance of photography in general and of police photography in particular. Papi is an Italian journalist, book author, and publisher.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

This unusual book was originally published in Italian (ISBN Edizioni, Italy; 2004) and is here made available in translation for English-speakers. Some 300 photos taken by police photographers of people in custody are presented, each with a page or so of explanatory text. The subjects include many from the US, but a good portion, also, from Italy and elsewhere. Among them are celebrities of all types and their children--booked for various petty and not-so-petty crimes; notorious violent criminals; political prisoners; and everyday individuals justly or unjustly held. The concluding essay is a philosophical reflection on the political and historical significance of photography in general and of police photography in particular. Papi is an Italian journalist, book author, and publisher. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

From Malcolm X to Bill Gates, see the history-makers of the 20th century as never before.

Synopsis:

Every year twelve million Americans are arrested and photographed by the police. In many ways, mug shots are our history. Using a dazzling selection of mug shots that are arrestingly raw in their starkness and strangely eloquent in their simplicity, this absorbing, humorous, often bewildering collection sheds a whole new light on our rebellious century.

From political icons Martin Luther King Jr.and Angela Davis, to A-list celebrities Hugh Grant and 50 Cent, from killer Ted Kaczynski to the actor who aided in Abraham Lincolns assassination, from prisoners of Auschwitz to a bearded Saddam Hussein, all of them declare a simple truth: The last 150 years told through police photography is truly an alternative history. Author Giacomo Papis brisk and insightful commentary enlightens us with intriguing backstories and little-known facts.

A feast for the eyes and the mind, Booked presents an ingenious and utterly unique snapshot of our times.

About the Author

Giacomo Papi is the author of several books including Era una notte buia e tempestosa., an anthology of the best opening lines in world literature, with a preface by Umberto Eco; Papà, a best-selling humorous guide for expecting fathers; and Accusare: Storia del Novecento in 366 foto segnaletiche. Since 2000 he has worked as a journalist for Diario, an Italian weekly newsmagazine.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781583227176
Author:
Papi, Giacomo
Publisher:
Seven Stories Press
Translator:
Richards, Jamie
Author:
Richards, Jamie
Subject:
General
Subject:
Photography
Subject:
Celebrities
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Subjects & Themes - Portraits
Subject:
Portrait photography
Subject:
Photojournalism
Subject:
PHOTOGRAPHY / General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20060431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
366 B&W photographs
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8 x 6 x 0.5 in 10.5 oz

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From Malcolm X to Bill Gates, see the history-makers of the 20th century as never before.
"Synopsis" by , Every year twelve million Americans are arrested and photographed by the police. In many ways, mug shots are our history. Using a dazzling selection of mug shots that are arrestingly raw in their starkness and strangely eloquent in their simplicity, this absorbing, humorous, often bewildering collection sheds a whole new light on our rebellious century.

From political icons Martin Luther King Jr.and Angela Davis, to A-list celebrities Hugh Grant and 50 Cent, from killer Ted Kaczynski to the actor who aided in Abraham Lincolns assassination, from prisoners of Auschwitz to a bearded Saddam Hussein, all of them declare a simple truth: The last 150 years told through police photography is truly an alternative history. Author Giacomo Papis brisk and insightful commentary enlightens us with intriguing backstories and little-known facts.

A feast for the eyes and the mind, Booked presents an ingenious and utterly unique snapshot of our times.

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