The Life of a Courtroom Sketch Artist

Today we came across this treasury, a short documentary about Gary Myrick who was a courtroom sketch artist for over 30 years.
He sketched courtrooms that featured famous politicians, serial killers, professional athletes, international arms merchants, housewives-turned-killers, victims’ families, rapt juries and napping judges – all rendered with an empathetic gaze and understated wit. His work conveyed the tragedy and folly of the courtroom experience, while avoiding sentimentality and snap judgments about his subjects. His human touch captured what cameras never could.

Though today times have changed and modern media has pushed courtroom artists to the sidelines, putting Mr. Myrick’s career to a rather dramatic end.

Via: NY Times

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