Crime Scenes ExposedJun 11, 2012
by Tim Barlass
|"You never became immune to it" … John Snowden with some of his old cameras. Courtesy of Ben Rushton|
John Snowden's photo albums are not your typical collection of happy snaps of family and friends.
Throughout his more than 30 years as a police forensic officer and photographer, he collected many disturbing images.
When he was 17 years old, Mr Snowden's father, a police officer, brought home a Kodak No.1A folding pocket camera — the type with the concertina-like bellows. Not long after, local detectives needed some photographs of the body of a boy who had been shot.
That was the beginning of Mr Snowden's lifelong affair with photography. The then teenager set up a "studio" in the gloomy morgue at Lismore hospital after he wired an old torch with a flash bulb to get the shots. Thereafter, most days of his career resembled the sort of events that make for a good script for a series of CSI.
Source: The Sydney Morning Herald