What is Noir?

Directors Jacques Tourneur, Robert Aldrich, Orson Welles, Nicholas Ray, Billy Wilder, John Huston, Otto Preminger etc. all put their spin on the genre and continually redefined what Noir meant. DP’s like John Alton , James Wong Howe, John F Seitz, Burnett Guffey & Nicholas Musuraca were the true artists, “painted with light” to bring life to these amazing Noir beauties to life. These are the films I enjoy the most from that era because they use light as metaphor, taking the time to sculpt and inform. These DP’s lived in the shadows, pushing the artform and photography as far as they could go.



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