Gamot’s Gilda.

It’s nearly 75 years since Rita Hayworth slinked around the Buenos Aires nightclub-casino, but you could almost hear the orchestra starting up Put The Blame On Mame in this photo titled “Gilda” by Sylvia Gamot.

My Bloody Valentine.

The title of the photo suite these images come from might make you think of Halloween. Wrong holiday. I suppose I ought to repost this group come February 2021. From “My Bloody Valentine” by Dallas, Texas based photographer and artist Tom Hussey.

Murder At The Bath House.

Swedish photographer Emmelie Hedenstrom’s website (link below) not only showcases her commercial work for corporate portraiture, fashion & beauty and more, but has an extra reason to stop by. 

“Murder In The Bath House” is a narrative photo suite in ten chapters, conceived and written by the photographer herself along with Ada Skarp. Viewers are invited to “put on your detective’s hat and study the photos. If you look closely and carefully, you will gradually be able to decipher the hidden clues, untangle the relationships and discover the motives. Piece everything together and the whole story will unfold”. 

Hedenstrom assembled a cast of seven models, period-perfect props, wardrobe and accessories for a location shoot at Stockholm’s Centralbadet. Her classic photo-noir mystery is a darkly lurid tale of tawdry affairs, deceit and murder, the images riddled with both red herrings and subtle clues. Check Hedenstrom’s beautifully set, art directed and lensed images, and “Murder In The Bath House” in particular, just a few random images from which are shown here.

A Stiletto Gumshoe’s Halloween.

It’s mid-October and time to think about Halloween over the next couple weeks, even if trick-or-treating and costume parties are in jeopardy this year. Let’s kick off the season with Charlotte Gainsbourg striking a seasonably sinister pose as a bewitching femme fatale in this photo by Ali Mahdavi.

Number, Please.

“The Telephone Is Dead” by California photographer Michael Malak. Looks to me like the line’s been cut. Lets hope that’s all she plans to use that knife for.

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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