Face to Face:
Analysis and Comparison of Facial Features
to Authenticate Identities of People in Photographs
by Joelle Steele
2013 (Print), 1st ed., 182 pgs, 5.5" x 8.5"
August 2, 2013: If you have questions about who's who in a photograph or who signed it, you'll find the answer and more in Face to Face, a unique book written by facial features expert Joelle Steele, who shares her 30+ years of knowledge and experience in the analysis of facial features for the purposes of identifying people in photos.
Face to Face is an expanded version of Steele's 1992 short book, Anthropometry and the Human Face in Photographs, now out of print. She wrote Face to Face for those who want to learn how to analyze faces and identify people in photographs, including genealogists, historians, museums, libraries, auction house appraisers, criminal attorneys, law enforcement, private investigators, publishers, and documentary producers.
Face to Face contains 274 B&W photos and illustrations, an extensive bibliography and glossary, and the print edition is indexed. It covers the basics of anthropometry and biometrics as adapted for use in the two-dimensional world of photography, and covers the anatomy, analysis, measurement, and comparison of the face and ears, as well as idosyncratic traits and other identifying factors. It contains several sample face analyses, and also addresses post-mortem photographs, face modifications, surveillance photos, police sketches, faces as portrayed in art, handwriting on photos, and more.
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I enjoyed this book and found it very interesting. As a collector, it gave me a much better idea of what to look for when I think I might have found a historic face in an old Daguerreotype. - Dean Sutherland, Rancho Santa Fe, California
Now I see why this is such a specialized practice. I can see that everything is in measuring the bones and observing the details, while keeping in mind that it's a two-dimensional image. Thanks for a fascinating read. - Bob Soles, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Thanks for such a wealth of information and so many great tips on how to use it all. We have six old family albums full of faces we had given up on identifying, and now we've ID'd more than half of them. - H. & E. Qvist, Port Orchard, Washington
This book was great, and it helped me identify the old painting I had that turned out to be my great-great-grandmother. It looked like an old photo of her but measuring it out confirmed it. - G. Gaubault, Perth, Australia
I was surprised at how many things there were to look at in the human face, and I can see how the ears in particular are so important. I am a retired police sketch artist, and I wish more people observed the ears. - Richard W., Vero Beach, Florida
This is definitely a subject that requires a lot of study and practice in order to be accurate in identifying people in photos. I hope I'm up to the challenge! Thanks for taking the time to share your knowledge and experience. - Gayle Bergman, Ottawa, Canada
Ears. Never thought of them. Eye proportions. Never noticed them. Your book has really given me a lot of insight into identifying people in photos. - Jonas Curlew, New York, New York