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In this particular series, Jared has focused on the darkness and shadows that distinguished film noir as a genre. These images are characterized by their purposeful use of light to highlight the photograph's subject and allowing deep shadows to swallow up the remainder of the frame. This style is heavily influenced by film noir cinematography, including the use of period clothing and poses and emotions found throughout films of the era.

These images strive to evoke the nostalgia of the film noir movement that flourished from 1932 to 1955. During this period Hollywood was exploring the dark side of society, with films typically portraying murder, deceit, and a general tone of pessimism. These dark overtones, coupled with the sexual innuendo of the femme fatale, created a tension never before found in American cinematography. It is this tension that symbolized post-World War II America to the moviegoing public.

This series of images has largely been influenced by films shot in the 1940s and their use of hard light and deep shadows to amplify emotional tension. This includes John Huston's 'The Maltese Falcon' and the work of Otto Preminger, Billy Wilder, and Fritz Lang.


About the Author

Jared DiMartine
jaredirl Philadelphia

Publish Date  September 04, 2008

Dimensions  Large Format Landscape  40 pgs Standard Paper

Category  Arts & Photography

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