Legal Concealers by Marc Fischer & Public Collectors

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With Legal Concealers, Public Collectors continues their exploration of the court system with a new focus on historical press photos.
This publication explores efforts by photojournalists to capture the faces of people as they experience being arrested, transported to and from court or jail, or appearing in court. I have only included photos where the subject has concealed their face from the camera. These photos include suspects, people who have been charged with or convicted of crimes, witnesses, law enforcement agents involved in sting operations, and informants.
The photos span from 1945-1990 and primarily come from newspapers in the US, as well as a small number of photos from the UK, France and Germany.

Dimensions:  7 x 8.5", 18 pages
Materials:  Offset printed, black ink on paper


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Public Collectors was founded by Marc Fischer in 2007. He is based in Chicago, IL. Public Collectors organizes exhibitions and events, participates in projects organized by others, and makes publications with a focus on marginal and overlooked materials and subjects. Recent related publications include Public Collectors Police Scanner and The Courtroom Artist Residency Report booklet series.

Half Letter Press is a publishing imprint and online store initiated by Temporary Services—Brett Bloom & Marc Fischer, who have published booklets as an element of their collaborative work since 1998. Half Letter Press was created to publish and distribute book and booklet length works by themselves and others, and to use this endeavor to build long-term support and expanded audiences for people that work creatively in experimental ways.