Alphonse Bertillon : an Eye on Crime (Exhibition)

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Opening today and lasting until November an interesting exhibition, curated by renowned expert Pierre Piazza, is devoted to the inventor of scientific police, Alphonse Bertillon (1853-1914).   It presents a rich and diverse collection of some 200 items, some of them belonging to the  Department of Forensic Identification of the Paris Police, some of them stemming  from Bertillon’s personal collections, presented and contextualised  with  archives consisting of press clippings, of  illustrations, caricatures, films and photographs. It shows the  methods used to ascertain and investigate crime and to find the criminals, based on the collection and analysis of the traces they left.  The exhibition show how, for example with crime scenes photographs, Art, technological innovation and forensic science merge.

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