Sunday, October 26, 2008

the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death

This is a book of photographs by Corinne May Botz. The Nutshell Studies are a collection miniaturized crime scenes built of dollhouse parts by Frances Glessner Lee. Lee founded the Department of Legal Medicine at Harvard in 1936. She built the dollhouse crime scenes from composites of real cases. They were meant to be teaching tools to help train new detectives in the art of assessing visual clues and evidence. This is an amazing book. Lee's eye for detail and craftsmanship is like no other. Each scene is brought down to an exacting scale, one inch per one foot. Botz does a beautiful job photographing and documenting each scene.

Corinne May Botz
Frances Glessner Lee
The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death














4 comments:

Soiled Sinema said...

You should check out a series of occult encyclopedias called Man, Myth, and Magic.

October Effigies said...

I love these. It combines two of my favorite interests, Dolls and Forensic Science. One of my favorite books. Thanks for posting!

Absinthe said...

That looks awesome! Little dolly crime scenes. I need to pick that up!

Gothic Rose Antiques said...

Interesting and intriquing.....such detail!