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. 

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.

Liebes Leben.

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From Liebes Leben (Love Life: Scenes With Irene), the award-winning photo series book by German photographer and photo-journalist Roswitha Hecke, which followed model and lady of the night “Irene” through the streets of Zurich and Rome, Hecke’s dark and often gritty images interspersed with excerpts from Baudelaire poems.

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The Dark Side In Color Or B&W.

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Largely self-taught photographer and filmmaker Quentin Shih works out of both New York and Bejing, and clearly has a flair for the dark side, the images sometimes evoking the look and feel of classic film noir, and sometimes indulging in sumptuous (but still deliciously dark) saturated hues for neo-noir homages.

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Dancing In The Street.

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At first glance you might expect a drive-by hit or something sinister, but it was only a brief but intimate dance they had in mind. That, and apparently a hand or two of cards to wait out the downpour. From a photo suite by Christopher Pillitz.

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Kirilin’s “Gun Crazy” Series & More.

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You’ve probably seen a couple of these photos  (the “stiletto gumshoes” in particular) a zillion times on Tumblr, Pinterest and elsewhere. I know I have. What I don’t see very often is anything mentioning who shot them. They’re by Israeli photo-artist Vladimir “Volf” Kirilin, including some shots here from his “Gun Crazy” and “In The City Of The Moonlight” series. Look for more of the master’s work at 500px.com.

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Invisible City.

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From Ken Schles’ photo series Invisible City and the 1988 monograph of the same name, documenting Manhattan’s East Village in black & white photos. If any one of the photos doesn’t trigger a story idea (and a dark, grim one at that) then I don’t know what will…

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Noir-ish Nicole.

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Nicole Kidman, chameleon that she is, posing for Vogue Australia in 1994 in a 1930’s retro-noir-ish looking photo suite that could be studio stills lifted from a pre-WWII proto-noir film. (I believe that’s then-spouse Tom Cruise lurking in the background of one shot.) By photographer and film director Rocky Schrenck.

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Sasha Luss’ Anna In Elle Russia.

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I’ll revive an old post from July 2019: Sasha Luss doing what she’s best known for (modeling) while doing a little timely promotion for her 2019 Luc Bresson film Anna in this espionage editorial lensed by Guy Aroch for Elle Russia magazine.

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