After watching A Very British Murder, they mentioned the 1920’s murder mystery games and activities to fuel their obsession with being the detective. One of these was a series of four “cases” planned by J.G Links and written by Lassiter Wren. When coming up with ideas for what sort of photo book I want to create this is exactly the style I pictured. It’s set up in a detective case format, type written, and includes mediums like photographs, written letters, newspaper cuttings, cigarette ends, “poisoned” pills and much more. The intention is for the viewer to gather relevant information as they go through the book and finally at the end the reader can find out whether or not they are right.
This is the really interactive way that Wosley talked about with the 1920’s audience addicted to this, as they were the detectives, they had a mission to do. Its made me realise that this is more that a book solely of photographs, its an archive of work that needs all these different mediums in order to be a success.
‘Murder in Miami’ is one Baffle books that really excite me, its a shame that these are only available in America and cannot be shipped in time for my project.
I also watched, ‘The mystery of murder: a horizon guide’, which showed me a truthful yet gruesome facts of Murder today, such as there are 600 Murders in Britain each year, that means that there is around two murders a day in the uk and there are 50 murders a day in the world. This is a completely different side to murder “mystery” that I have seen and its really changed my opinion on the topic.
Here are some images of the Baffle Books that I have found which give me an idea of the overall book: