The look of photojournalism in the 1940s and 50s is unmistakable: sharp black and white images of fat-man races and five-alarm fires, celebrity sightings and crash victims, loose women and bloodied killers in police custody, often still in shock, caught in the hard glare of a flash bulb. In this collection of 200 photos from the archives of the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the St. Paul Dispatch, with notes from the stories they covered, veteran journalist and mystery writer Larry Millett gives us a dramatic portrait of an era when photographers roamed the streets with police scanners and big Speed Graphic cameras looking for front-page pictures, and had unparalleled access to crime and accident scenes.
"There is a harsh intimacy to these photographs, which bring us as close as possible to car-crash victims, suicides, and mass murderers confessing their crimes. But the welter of detail in the pictures-the seamed stockings of a murder victim, the huddle of bystanders after a bar shooting-provides a nuanced portrait of a Midwestern city and of American culture at midcentury." -The New Yorker- (Tanıtım Bülteninden)