Quote of Note | Crimes of Fashion

“With similar lighting, poses, branding (the casting agency here replacing the police department name), and meticulous record of bodily measurements and photographic sitting dates, casting images share much in common with criminal mug shots. Iconic and instantly readable, both are documentary portraits used to fix identities motivated by the specter or promise of transformation: in the case of the casting image, the glamour of the fashion photograph; for the mug shot, the future recidivist in disguise. Both are images of potential, overwhelmingly charged by association.”

-University of Cincinnati cultural anthropologist Stephanie Sadre-Orafai in “Mug Shot/Headshot – Danger, Beauty, and the Temporal Politics of Booking Photography,” a chapter in the forthcoming book Fashion Crimes: Dressing for Deviance (I.B. Tauris)