True crime: images from the LAPD archives

A selection of gritty crime scene photographs will be exhibited publicly for the first time at Paris Photo Los Angeles (25-27 April) after having been tucked away for decades in a Los Angeles Police Department storage facility. Around 50 photographs, taken by police investigators between 1930 and the mid-1960s, were selected from an immense repository of over one million images at the City Records Center in downtown Los Angeles. They range from a haunting shot of a blood-splattered arm to a hastily scribbled bank robbery note that reads, “Stick up don’t move smile”.