Photographer of the Day: Corrine Botz

“The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death” is an exploration of a collection of eighteen miniature crime scene models that were built in the 1940’s and 50’s by a progressive criminologist Frances Glessner Lee (1878 – 1962). The models, which were based on actual homicides, suicides, and accidental deaths, were created to train detectives to assess visual evidence. This seven-year project culminated in an exhibition and a book The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death (Monacelli Press, 2004).

The models display an astounding level of precision and detail: shades can be raised and lowered, mice live in the walls, stereoscopes work, whistles blow and pencils write. My photographs highlight the models’ painstaking detail, as well as the prominence of female victims. Through framing, scale, lighting, color, and depth of field, I attempt to bring intimacy and emotion to the scene of the crime. I want viewers to feel as if they inhabit the miniatures – to lose their sense of proportion and experience the large in the small.


41 Responses to “Photographer of the Day: Corrine Botz”

  1. 1 LeeAnne Klagge
    November 23, 2009 at 8:51 am

    I like the one with the papers strewn about simply because if I wrote on paper, that’s what it’d look like. All over the place but in a small area.

  2. 2 spencer hamilton
    November 20, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    this persons work is really interesting it really draws you in and makes you want to look at it thats why i like his stuff like i dont know what to say about it but i like it

  3. 3 Lena
    November 20, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    I like the one with the little sheets of paper. It looks very personal and secret, and I want to know more about it.

  4. 4 Sydney Baias
    November 20, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    the one with the dead girl scares me..:/
    i like how their all crime scenes(:haha
    csi babayy!!

  5. 5 Bethorn Wendorf
    November 20, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    I like these pictures a lot because they remind me of the miniture killer from CSI Las Vegas, and my favorite has to be the one with the corner of the room burnt because I think it looks the best out of all the pictures.

  6. 6 Juana Gonzalez
    November 20, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    I Like the carpet picture because it’s less creepy than the other crime scene pictures.

  7. 7 rudi cosovan
    November 20, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    i like the picture of the doll because it looks like a real dead person
    also i agree with the photographer list because if you follow the list you would get a great picture

  8. 8 chloe
    November 20, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    Wow its a doll! IT LOOKS LIKE A REAL PERSON( not ment to be in all caps but too lazy to change it!) awesome photos

  9. 9 TiffanyBaker
    November 20, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    I cant pick just one picture. I like them all. This photographer has some amazing pictures. They are all creative and original.

  10. 10 marquin harper
    November 20, 2009 at 11:55 am

    i like the one of the doll cuz its scary

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