Photos: Infamous Celebrity Mugshots Done 1920s-Style
"Celebrity mugshots are plastered all over the web. They are the lowest form of photography, and yet they're everywhere," says advertising art student Michael Jason Enriquez. Imagine not having the image of a lilac-haired Amanda Bynes to go with the story of her DUI arrest, or of a paparazzi-averting Mel Gibson--it's almost unfathomable these days.
Inspired by infamous celeb mugshots and set of Australian police archive images from glass plate negative uncovered several years ago depicting whores, gangsters, fraudsters, and crooks from the 1920s, Enriquez has put together celebrity mugshots, re-envisioned from nearly a century ago.
There’s a strange connection that draws us into vintage photographs. Seeing doppelgängers (look-a-likes) in old pictures is our brain’s way of linking us to the past. We see what isn’t there - someone recognizable, a family member, maybe a friend, and then there are the ones that bear an uncanny resemblance to modern day celebrities. We’re so used to seeing celebrity faces on our TV, on blogs, and we even know what their mugshots look like. The tacky looking mugshots we have today are in stark contrast to the mugshots taken in the 1920’s. Vintage mugshots have an eerie beauty to them that’s lost in current mugshot photography.
With the real mugshots of people like Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, and even new mom Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Enriquez uses Photoshop to adapt the contemporary celebs into vintage 1920s photos. Enriquez admits his photo projects are mostly a diversionary passtime to counteract his work in advertising, but finds the endeavors have a way of getting inspired again. He says he's got a few more celeb "doppelganger" mugshots he'll be sharing soon, too.