Legal studies students recently descended into the underworld in a new photographic exhibition revealing the dark side of the Roaring Twenties. They explored more than 130 candid and compelling mugshots taken by New South Wales Police between 1920 and 1930.

The exhibition revealed through mugshots and stories the dark underbelly world of violence, gangs and guns. The remarkable collection of glass-plate negatives taken by Sydney police at the time, is now part of the NSW Police Forensic Photography Archive, held by the Justice & Police Museum. Students also took the opportunity to dress in time period costume.