The tale of the London gangsters has created pop-culture figures out of them. Both David Bailey's 1966 photographs of the criminals and John Pearson 1969 book The Profession of Violence, which the film is based on, put the Kray's in the history books, not only as criminals but as recognisable figures in the underbelly of London's history.

[youtube id="bzkTbO78L5k"]

This meeting of art and crime has inspired Barnebys to take a look at crimes which have spurred artists, check out the selection here of art and film pieces. Don't forget to click on the item to check it out.

Photographer David Bailey photographed the notorious London criminals of the 1960s. Bailey commented in 2014 about the time he spent with the brothers: "I did everyone a favour by making them famous."

"If you are a real gangster nobody knows who you are, so their big mistake was posing for me."

3 years after these photographs were taken, the brothers were sent to prison for murder. Ronnie died in prison at the age of 61, whilst Reggie was released in 2000 on passionate grounds, due to his poor health, and died shortly after.

Russell Young's photographs of famous or cult figures concern issues of celebrity and image. Here, he captures model Kate Moss and musician Pete Doherty while imitating Myra Hindley and Ian Brady, known as the Moors murderers.

The haunting mug shots of Ian Brady and Myra Hindley are a reminder of another pair of notorious criminals of the sixties. Between July 1963 and October 1965, in and around Greater Manchester, the pair murdered five children. Hindley was slammed in the press as "the most evil woman in Britain" and their trials were reported throughout the English speaking world.

Street artist Shepard Fairey, who has had a few run-ins with the law regarding illegal artwork he has carried out, is currently waiting to go to trial in Detroit. He is accused of placing illegal artwork in the city in May 2015, the same time he was commissioned by the city to complete a mural. Read more about the case here.

Tags