Model posing in crime illustration advertisement banned as too undignified for agency’s girls.
Photograph by Nina Leen, New York, July 1948
"…her images are packed with as much violence, sexual tension, and mystery as any David Lynch film. Her photos wouldn’t look out of place next to Cindy Sherman’s on a gallery wall. But, unlike Lynch or Sherman, Leen found tension in the real world, and her subjects weren’t actors—they were just everyday people living out their lives."
— James Pomerantz, The Surreal World of Nina Leen
“I recognize in thieves, traitors and murderers, in the ruthless and the cunning, a deep beauty - a sunken beauty.” — Jean Genet, The Thief’s Journal
Attributed to Alphonse Bertillon, Album of Paris Crime Scenes, 1901-08
“Verily it must be that crime is an enchanting affair, for, in truth, from the flames by which it licks us is kindled the torch of our lust. Only crime is sufficient, it alone inflames us, and only crime can ravish pleasure through all degrees of our sensibility.” —
Marquis de Sade, Justine, ou Les Infortunes de la Vertu, 1791
Fantomas (Louis Feuillade, 1913)