Photographs of Crime Scenes in Miniature

These miniature crime scene models were created in the 1940s by Chicago based criminologist Frances Glessner Lee. Developed for training, the models show a high level of detail and were crafted after real crime scenes. The detail in the models includes shades that can be lifted, tiny pencils that write, and even “mice that live in the walls.”

Recently, these miniature models were revisited by photographer Corinne Botz for her series The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death . Botz spent seven years on the series, examining feminist themes. She found an example for that in these miniature models.

In the male dominated world of the ’40s, Glessner Lee made her way by giving investigation a push through these incredibly detailed miniature models, which can be seen as a “feminine tradition.” As the photographer observes, the miniatures show home to be a much more complex sphere than the generally held notion of being a safe haven.

All models depict interiors of lower middle class homes, often representing scenes where the victims of the represented violent crimes were women.

Via Corinne Botz, FeatureShoot, Flavorwire

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