Monday, February 21, 2011

The Nutshell Studies Of Unexplained Death

"The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death" is an exploration of a collection of eighteen miniature crime scene models that were built in the 1940's and 50's by a progressive criminologist Frances Glessner Lee (1878 – 1962). The models, which were based on actual homicides, suicides, and accidental deaths, were created to train detectives to assess visual evidence. This seven-year project culminated in an exhibition and a book The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death (The Monacelli Press, 2004).

The models display an astounding level of precision and detail: shades can be raised and lowered, mice live in the walls, stereoscopes work, whistles blow and pencils write. My photographs highlight the models’ painstaking detail, as well as the prominence of female victims. Through framing, scale, lighting, color, and depth of field, I attempt to bring intimacy and emotion to the scene of the crime. I want viewers to feel as if they inhabit the miniatures - to loose their sense of proportion and experience the large in the small.

Corinne May Botz





More information here.

Purchase the book here.

8 comments:

JHMDF said...

Those are so creepy... knowing they are based on real scenes.

K.O. said...

Fascinating! And it's the author of Haunted Houses!

Rot said...

Yeah, it really is.
We own this one too. Incredible.

crudedoodle.com said...

always amazing discoveries on here. great post.

John said...

Well, it worked. I have emotion: I feel disturbed and saddened. Especially the first and last. :(

Samhainn said...

I've been wanting this book so bad! Just may have to break down and buy it now.

Samhainn said...

Went for "Haunted Houses" instead. What do you think, Rot? Right call? I'm sure I'll end up with both eventually.

Rot said...

Good call : )