the play of light and shadows in his images of fast-paced city dwellers. In
Tattoo, a woman in a black wool dress coat, the background of the photo
half in light and half in shadow, strides down a sidewalk. Walkman also
divides the world between light and dark, with the shadow of a young
man silhouetted against a white wall.
These photographs illustrate the strength and endurance of noir’s visual conventions: light-and-dark contrast, shadow, reflection, and mysterious lone figures that all work together to portray the complex nocturnal beauty of the city. Noir continues to exist as an aesthetic but also
as a frame of mind, a way of looking at the world. The work here captures the grit, mystery, and dark romance of the urban landscape with
the possibility of danger, adventure, and even the odd solace of night.