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New Exhibition Shows Unseen Crime Scene Photos From the Mid-1900s

A revealing new exhibition in Los Angeles is set to feature black and white photos from real crime scenes between 1925 and the 1970s, taken by police officers who worked for LAPD.

The exhibition comes as a result of Fototeka founder Merrick Morton receiving access to Los Angeles’ records department, and the entire photo archive that comes with it. Morton is himself a photographer and LAPD reserve officer. Upon gaining access to the cardboard crates held within the City Records Center in downtown LA, he found some decomposing cellulose nitrate negatives.