Beautifully written, AJ paints a poignant, intimate picture of her time as a police photographer. Insightful, moving, and thought provoking, I highly recommend this book to anyone thinking of entering the world of forensics.
I will never look at a crime scene photograph in quite the same way again after reading this remarkable and unexpected memoir... Intriguing, perspective-changing and painfully honest, this collection of stories is a fantastic addition to the true crime and investigation genre. I urge you to enter The Darkroom.
The work of a forensic photographer is to record facts dispassionately, to observe closely when the reflex is to look away. A. J. Hewitt's stunning debut work of nonfiction documents her extraordinary work as a Scotland Yard forensic photographer, bringing the reader into a world kept from view of the public. Hewitt's engaging and well-crafted prose deserves high praise. This is must-have reading for fans of true crime and forensic science.
Gripping, gritty and not for the faint-hearted. Forensic experts are the modern day 'sin eaters', dealing with the darkest sides of human life and death, so that others are spared the trauma. We must recognise that they too are human and will be affected.
For those of us in the forensic field it is good to see an unvarnished account of the range of cases and sights and smells to which we may be exposed. This book has the additional elements of a young female photographer striving to gain acceptance within a predominantly male setting. It not only provides detailed case histories but the personal experience of how a police photographer's work is done. The book raises the more tricky questions for politicians and senior police officers about how and why such expertise has been undervalued in recent years with the loss of so many skilled professionals
A vivid, raw account of a career spent in the darkest regions of life and death. Hewitt writes with breathtaking honesty, revealing the damage done to those who work on the edge of evil to find justice, chipping away to find the light within. She's the real deal.
The Darkroom is a terrific read about the inner workings of Scotland Yard. Author A. J. Hewitt gives us incredible stories about documenting crime-scenes as a Forensic Photographer for the Yard. Hewitt was a consummate professional, painstakingly documenting the victim's last moment in the hope that they might speak from the grave, and allow justice to be done. I hope to read more books from her in the future.
In the quiet aftermath of a murder, crime scene photographer A.J. Hewitt often worked alone, her deft eye focused on the victim. Her evidence has freed the innocent and helped convict the guilty. In her new book, The Darkroom, Hewitt shines a bright light on the often-dark world of crime scene investigations-a must-read for true crime fanatics.
The Darkroom: Case Files of a Scotland Yard Forensic Photographer is a brilliant, fierce, and unique work of nonfiction. A.J. Hewitt's moving memoir is a page turner that takes the reader beyond the true-crime genre. It captures the violence and cruelty of men. It questions society's priorities. And while the cases she lays out in front of the reader are fascinating, sometimes infuriating, and often tragic, Hewitt doesn't stop there. The Darkroom illuminates crucial small details, surprises with original insights, and offers the reader a wide angle view of crime and punishment.
The Darkroom is an absolutely riveting read. It is a compelling book that works on so many levels. An authentic and sensitive account of the impact and aftermath of crime that will appeal to true crime readers and crime fiction authors, it also has wide appeal as a human story that charts A.J. Hewitt's touching journey as the outsider turned insider and her struggle to prevent herself being changed by her experiences as a Police Forensic Photographer for New Scotland Yard. A unique book that offers a unique perspective. Highly recommended.
Passionate and empathetic, Hewitt speeds across London from one site of murder and mayhem to the next, always another crime scene coming, always more brutalized dead to bring to light and into focus. The great city grinds on, never seeing or knowing of these, her haunted stories selected from decades of skilled photographic investigative work for Scotland Yard.
An incredible insight into the work of a crime scene photographer told with sensitivity and compassion, but also with the forensic acuity of an experienced professional. The autobiographical style used to tell stories of crime scenes and crimes is compelling and incredibly readable. It becomes clear the crucial role that crime scene photography plays in not only documenting the evidence, but in aiding the solving of crimes. A must read for anyone interested in the darker side of human criminality and the work of forensic investigators.