Doll Houses and Forensics …

Radio 4 “In a Nutshell” with Simon Armitage 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04mgxt4

“Frances Glessner Lee revolutionised the study of crime investigation, founding the first centre for the study of forensic pathology at Harvard University . Glessner Lee built a series of Dolls Houses in the 1940’s with a carpenter in which she constructed meticulous replica crime scenes to teach detectives their craft. These are still used in training new detectives today .

Poet Simon Armitage travels to the Medical Examiners office in Baltimore to investigate them , and their maker – regarded as the mother of modern CSI.

with Bruce Goldfarb, Corinne May Botz, Dr David Fowler, Detective Robert Ross and Jerry Dziecichowicz.”

To find out more about the Nutshell Studies visit the U.S. National Libraries of Medicine:

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/visibleproofs/galleries/biographies/lee.html

Frances Glessner Lee 1

Mrs. Frances Glessner Lee at work on the Nutshell Collection, 1940s-1950s
Glessner House Museum, Chicago, Illinois
Frances Glessner Lee2
Kitchen crime scene, Nutshell Collection, 1940s-1950s
Photograph Courtesy of Corinne May Botz
Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Baltimore, Maryland
Frances Glessner Lee3
Barn crime scene, Nutshell Collection, 1940s-1950s
 Photograph courtesy of Corinne May Botz
Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Baltimore, Maryland
Frances Glessner Lee4
Kitchen crime scene, Nutshell Collection, 1940s-1950s
Photograph courtesy of Corinne May Botz
Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Baltimore, Maryland
About the photographer

“Corinne May Botz’s lasting fascination with The Nutshell Studies and the biography of Frances Glessner Lee began when she was an undergraduate at the Maryland Institute, College of Art. After pursuing research and photographing the models for years, Botz published a book on the subject: The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death (Monacelli Press, 2004), which includes 130 color photographs and uncovers the life-story of Frances Glessner Lee.

In conjunction with the release of her book, Botz presented the first extensive exhibition of her photographs at the Bellwether Gallery in New York City. She is currently working on a long-term project photographing haunted houses and recording firsthand accounts of ghostly encounters. Botz is also working on a series about individuals with agoraphobia, exploring experiences of space and fear, as well as examining the safety objects that individuals accumulate as a means of coping with these anxieties.

Corinne May Botz has exhibited her photography internationally. Her photographs have been published inNew York Magazine, Life, Metropolis, 2wice, Popular Science, and elsewhere. Botz currently is pursuing an MFA at Bard College’s Milton Avery School of the Arts.”  http://www.nlm.nih.gov/visibleproofs/exhibition/popup_botz.html

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