I’ve begun work on a new print portfolio featuring ten old and random mug shots from around the country, most from the 1950s and 60s. These aren’t famous criminals or celebrities with run-ins with the law, or anything like that. They are just your average criminals booked on various charges. I’m still working on the title of the series right now, but the working title is “Uncommon Criminals.” Not sure if it’s quite fitting, yet.
I did some test prints yesterday of the first mug shot. Just a single color on French Madero Beach Speckletone 100lb cover. I really like the simplicity of them. They measure 19” x 25”, and are limited to five (5) test pressings (which is how I now mark my artist proofs and/or sample prints.) The final prints from the portfolio series will have splashes of color in them, making them more visually appealing (I think. We’ll see how it goes…)
Each set of mug shots in the portfolio will be an edition of ten, bringing the entire print run to 200 prints. Both shots will be paired with its corresponding number in the print series, consisting of 20 prints in each portfolio edition. No word yet on when the portfolio will be available, or what the final price will be. I’m hoping soon, but I’m still in the middle of hunting down original mug shots, so I don’t want to rush things. More process pics coming soon.
*I realize it’s bad form to include feet in a photo, but this at least gives you an idea on actual print size.