Cats Of London.

I don’t like cats (actually I really dislike cats) being more of a dog person. But I do like this photo, from Thurston Hopkins’ “Cats Of London” series, 1951.

Sweet Temptation.

Some examples of Egyptian photographer, artist and filmmaker Yousseff Nabil’s hand-tinted gelatin prints shown here, much of his work intended to evoke the look of old Egyptian films he saw in his youth. I’ve tried my hand at had tinting B&W prints with oils, the results pretty tragic, and have to marvel not only at his lens work but his deft hand with the subtle and effective coloring. I believe these come from Nabil’s 1997 “Sweet Temptation: Cairo” series. 

How To Be A Femme Fatale (Updated).

Here’s a more recent tutorial of some sort on “How To Be A Femme Fatale”, with model Heidi Harrington-Johnson (I think) which, like 1955’s Chic magazine in the preceding post, would seem to suggest it’s all about what you wear. Of course, in this case, I’m guessing it’s got nothing to do with carrying a purse-sized .22, and much more about what you wear under a sleek femme fatale’s LBD. (And I’m embarrassed to admit that I no longer recall where I originally screen-capped this thing from, so I suppose none of us will find out ‘next week’.)

Loles Romero

Loles Romero has her share of dark fantasy and SF pieces like so many artists doing concept work and illustration for film and gaming clients, but this Ibiza, Spain artist has a way with the ‘noir-ish’, and I hope she’ll have opportunities to do more. These two examples were done as illustrations for stories by Hector Espadas. Look for her work at Art Station.

Sunglasses After Dark.

I believe it’s a photo from a 2018 shoot for Dita Von Teese Eyewear (sunglasses, I’ll guess, not prescription specs). Now you might expect a closeup on the shades, but this photo’s much nicer than any old tabletop product shot.

Guinevere: Film Noir.

The fashion editorial is titled “Film Noir” simply enough, shot by Nathaniel Goldberg for Numero in 2017, styled by David Bradshaw and starring Guinevere Van Seenus as the platinum haired femme fatale.


From Peter Adrastos Athos’ First Draft Wordpress blog (link below): a 1973 LP from Bay Area band Cold Blood. The front is a pretty fair homage to the mid-fifties true crime and detective magazines that used photography instead of illustrations. But it’s the album cover’s back side that’s a real treat. Head to First Draft to read more about this band and the LP, or better yet, just to keep an eye on the blog’s “Pulp Fiction Thursdays”.

Courtroom Couture.

Like an episode of Law & Order or Perry Mason, re-outfitted in haute couture by Vogue Russia in 2011: Photographer Alexi Lubomirski shoots Model Constance Jablonski, who may be on trial but seems un-phased by all the courtroom drama, apparently confident she can charm the jury and won’t be trading in her stylish duds for a prison jumpsuit anytime soon.

O’Neill’s Neo-Noir Style.

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Self-taught painter Peter O’Neill grabbed a Greyhound bus at New York City’s Port Authority in 1996 and never looked back, bound for Florida, where I believe he’s made his home since. In fact, many of his paintings seem to evoke that same South Florida sultriness lifted from a steamy neo-noir like Lawrence Kasdan’s 1981 Body Heat.  More of O’Neill’s work follows in the next post…

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