Film noir represents the illusive charm of black and white cinema and of its stars that graced the silver screen in its glory years in the 40s and 50s.
Film Noir meaning “black film” in french coined by the critic Nino Frank in 1946, defined an era of stylish visually moody black-and-white crime mysteries. The plot of the film could be told in one dramatic photo promoting the central figure either portraying the private investigator, grifter and the elusive femme fatale. The images are always bold and the use of lighting and shadows created a noir universe that invites you into an erotic and scandalous world of deceit and conspiracy.
Robert Coburn, Ernest Bachrach, and A.L. “Whitey” Schafer’s portraits captured the A-list superstars Robert Mitchum, Barbara Stanwyck, Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles, Humphrey Bogart to the character actors of the period Gale Sondergaard, Delores del Rio and George Raft who are published in the book Film Noir Portraits. Curated by Paul Duann and Tony Nourmand it also includes rarely-seen imagery from The Night of the Hunter; Sweet Smell of Success and imagery from Double Indemnity, Gilda and Lady From Shanghai.
Scroll through a selection of the very best portrait photography of the Film Noir era, these images remain some of the most innovative and striking portraits in the history of cinema and still contain the same raw power as they did in the 1940s.
Film Noir Portraits by Paul Duncan and Tony Nourmand is published by Reel Art Press.
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