Got A Light?

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A gentleman ought to whip out his lighter. But what she’ll do once that cigarette’s lit is anyone’s guess. “Femme Fatale” by Sergey Bogomyakov, from 500px.

Crime Really Doesn’t Pay…

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Somebody sure scored, even if they’re counting their loot in a fleabag no-tell motel. But the law, rivals or even badder bad guys look determined to bust up these modern-day Bonnie & Clyde clones in this photo suite by Pieter Henket.

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“A Dame And A Shamus”

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“Yep, I’m a dame and a shamus, but I didn’t start this way…”

So begins the introduction to photographer Tony Mangerie’s 2014 film noir homage with model Ariel Arielita Fulmer, assisted by Gigi McMillan and Melissa Franklin. See all the photos for yourself, and read Mangerie’s accompanying text at the photographer’s site, tonymangerie.com.

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Grande’s Got A Gun

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I’d be fibbing if I claimed to know a lot about singer/songwriter/actress Ariana Grande, other than knowing she’s a major pop star, and had a long run playing endearing and quirky Cat Valentine on Nickelodeon’s Victorious and then on Sam & Cat before mega-stardom beckoned. Hey, I’m not pop culture-clueless, y’know.

But all it takes is a purse-sized pistol and trenchcoat to turn any celebrity – even the adorable ones – into a noir-ish femme fatale or ‘stiletto gumshoe’, and here’s Grande doing just that for Complex magazine (from 2013, I think).

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Erik Almas

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San Francisco area photographer Erik Almas came from Norway to the U.S to attend the Academy of Art University and then ended up staying. Almas is perhaps best known for his cinematic styled fashion, advertising and editorial work, much of it done with his unique compositing techniques. Take a look for yourself at erikalmas.com or the photographer’s blog at blog.erikalmas.com.

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Too Many For Magda.

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How many mystery and noir-ish crime stories begin in a bar? Start things out with a drunk, a B-girl, a pickup or a clandestine meeting. Sure, good things can happen over a drink, and bad things are bound to occur over too many. Argentine model Magda Laguinge acts like she’s had a few or a few too many in this 2013 B&W fashion editorial from Interview Germany, shot by Sebastian Faena and directed by Julia von Boehm.

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Peter Lindbergh, R.I.P.

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Photographer Peter Lindbergh, whose work has appeared here multiple times, passed away last week (9.3.19) at age 74. Lindbergh was born in the waning days of World War II in what was still German occupied Poland. After studying art and photography, he worked as a window dresser in Germany and Holland, finally opening his own photo studio in the 1970’s. By the late 1980’s he’d achieved international acclaim for numerous high-profile fashion editorials and was instrumental in the rise of the 1980’s-90’s celebrity supermodels, including Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Cindy Crawford and others.

In a marketplace dominated by lush, color-saturated images and severe figure distortions designed to enhance the apparel and accessories, Lindbergh’s work was characterized by a uniquely naturalistic style, often in black and white and looking more like candid shots, even though this was achieved with an army of stylists and assistants. Here are just a few pieces of Peter Lindbergh’s work with models Mila Jovovich and Mariacarlo Boscono. Indulge me with this and the next post, an adaptation of an older one from back in February showing a 1991 shoot with models Karen Mulder and Linda Evangelista as Depression era gangsters Bonnie And Clyde.

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Who Needs A Holster?

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Who needs a scabbard or holster? It looks like there was one hell of a brawl, and hopefully just the sight of that blade was enough to shoo the bad guys away. Photo via Splashnology, but if you know the photographer, please comment so I can add it here!

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