Brassaï (pseudonym of Gyula Halász) was a Hungarian photographer, sculptor, and filmmaker who rose to international fame in France in the 20th century. He was one of the numerous Hungarian artists who flourished in Paris beginning between the World Wars. (sorce wiki)
his work catures paris at night and has a beautiful depth to it, using the light given at the sceen and longer exposures, creating ethereal images with a dream like quality. his work seams to beautifuly capture a moment in time somthing i hope to acheve in my work.
To me the noir genre has always been an exciting and inspiring part of pop culture, obviously due to my age I wasn’t around for the original source marital but I was first exposed to the shadowy corners and chiselled jaws or noir by the early batman animated series.
At the time I was naive to it what it was that I liked so much about the imagery, The dark night (batman) is portrayed as a shadowy hero aloft an art-deco city full of flat cap wearing goons, the spirit of it all is a mysterious hero that works just outside the law doing what’s right the same spirit I found in the original pieces of the genre.
A perfect example of this is “the big combo” a 1955 American piece directed by Joseph H. Lewis with cinematography John Alton,
In “the big combo” Police Lt. Leonard Diamond goes on a personal mission to bring down gangster Mr. Brown. He also has a strange obsession with the suicidal girlfriend of Mr. Brown. His main objective as a detective is to uncover what happened to a woman called “Alicia” from the crime boss’s past.
This shadowy love triangle perfectly illustrates the sort of dark brooding imagery that runs throughout all noir and in short I love it!..
Gregory Crewdson was born in Brooklyn, NY. graduating early from John Dewey High School,
in his younger years, he was a meber of the punk band “The Speedies”
Their most popular song “Let Me Take Your Photo” proved to be a forshadow of Crewdson’s later succsess.
Hewlett Packard used the song in 2005 to advertse to promote its digital cameras.
In 80’s Crewdson studied photography at SUNY Purchase. He received his Master of Fine Arts from Yale University.
He is now a professor at the Yale University School of Art.In 2012, he was the subject of the feature documentary film Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters.
Gregory Crewdson’s photographs usually take place in small town America, but are dramatic and cinematic.They feature often disturbing, surreal events. The photographs are shot using a large crew, and are elaborately staged and lit.
Ogle Winston Link Born in America December 16, 1914, known commonly as O. Winston Link. Best known for his black-and-white photography capturing the death of steam travel in the united states in the late 1950s. As commercial photographer, Links work was well respected but he also helped establish rail photography as a hobby. He also pioneered low light and night photography, one of the best known examples is Hotshot Eastbound (see below), An image of a steam train passing a classic drive-in movie theater, link sadly pased away January 30, 2001 at age 86.
Film noir is a term used primarily to describe a style of cinematography that usually users shadow and harsher lighting to emphasise attitudes, emotions or mood.
The classically regarded film noir period extending from the early 1940s to the late 50s.
The high contrast black-and-white visual style that that is stereotypically “noir” has roots in German Expressionist cinematography.