Face Anthropometry - Face Biometrics

by Joelle Steele

Joelle Steele is an anthropometrist/biometricist. She began studying anthropometry and anatomy of the face and ears in 1975, and by 1980 she was providing services analyzing and comparing faces in photographs to authenticate their identities. Her first client was a Nazi hunter with more than 200 photos purported to be of missing Nazi war criminals, two of which were matches. To date, Joelle has examined approximately 180,000 photographs of people, of which she analyzed and compared facial features for approximately 25,000 different faces. She has been engaged as an expert in approximately 20 civil cases involving the identification of people in photographs. In 1992, Joelle authored a short booklet, now out of print, titled Anthropometry and the Human Face in Photographs. In 2013, she released a greatly expanded version titled Face to Face: Analysis and Comparison of Facial Features to Authenticate the Identities of People In Photographs. The following are some of her previously published articles that provide information about face analysis and comparison.

2016-09-22: More Photographs of Vincent Van Gogh?: Two group photos are purported to include the image of Vincent Van Gogh. This article compares and analyzes the images to see if they do.

2013-07-10: Is That Photo Worth $1 Million or $100-Facial Features Determine The Value of Historic Photos: Provenance is fine, but the real value of an old photographic portrait lies in establishing the identity of the person in the photo.

2013-05-13: Are These Photographs of Abraham Lincoln?: They look alike to the untrained eye, but are they the same person? Learning to examine facial features can help you determine who's who. This article examines known photographs of Abraham Lincoln and compares them to images purported to be of Lincoln.

2011-04-03: Facial Features Comparison of Identical Twins: Identical and conjoined twins are never truly identical. If you can tell the difference between them, you're on your way to comparing and identifying faces of people in photographs.

2011-01-09: Are These Photographs of Frank and Jesse James?: Several collectors believe they have photographs of the outlaw James brothers. This article compares and analyzes their images to see if they have the real deal.

2008-07-13: Dysmorphology-Diagnosing Genetic Disease Based On Asymmetric and Abnormal Facial Features: Certain facial features and combinations of traits can signal rare genetic diseases.

2007-04-22: Is This A Photo Of My Real Father?: Facial features analysis may not be the best way to answer this tricky and commonly-asked question.

2006-10-24: Is This A Photograph of Vincent Van Gogh?: A cabinet card purchased in Massachusetts in 1990 is believed by its owner to be that of Vincent Van Gogh. This article compares and analyzes the image to see if it could be that of the elusive artist

2006-02-11: How to Accurately Check a Photo ID: This article explains what to look for when you examine a photo ID, and how to use facial features to verify identity.

2004-07-10: Dating and Placing a Photograph: How to determine dates and places in photographs.

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