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[Accident Scene and Car-Crash Victim Photograph Archive].

[Photography].

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[Columbus, Ohio and Environs]: [ca. 1968-1972]. 121 black and white silver print photographs. Each measuring approximately 5" x 3 1/2." Moderate curling to prints, otherwise exceptionally clean, neat. Contents housed in new archival pages and binder. Near fine. (Item ID: 19956)

An arresting and sometimes gruesome, archive of automotive accident scenes captured in and around Columbus, Ohio, by an unnamed photographer. While the prints lack notation, they came to us identified as from in and around Columbus, Ohio, which visible environs appear to support. The severity of the accidents and the numerous graphic shots of corpses, body parts strewn on highways, and the like seem to suggest each scene is likely that of a fatality captured by someone with intimate access to crash zones and morgues (perhaps a member of the press or police).†In addition, the approximately 3 1/2" x 5" format of the photographs is also of note, as most similar collections handled by us have tended to be in larger formats more suitable for publication, often with layout markings or identifying notations to image areas or versos. The relatively small snapshot format of these suggests they may have been developed by an otherwise professional photographer for a personal collection (or even fetish). The framing and technical characteristics of the images, however, are clearly infuenced by Weegee; his rapid arrival times, attraction to the macabre, and overall artistry are all on display here. Also like Weegee, the images here appear to have been captured with a press camera set on a rapid exposure time with a flash, from close proximity to the image. An unsettling but at times oddly beautiful photo collection, one that owes a clear debt to a major 20th century photographer.



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