Friday, 31 May 2013

Beauty of the Shadows 5

Andreas Feininger

Wily Ronis

Erika Schmatenberger

Gyorgy Kepes

Frank Oscar Larson

Horacio Coppola

W. Eugene Smith

Erno Vadas

Esther Bubley

Ara Guler

Mary Ann Lea Dorr

Edward Kloubec

Green Grass of Home

                                  For there's a guard and there's a sad old padre
                                  Arm in arm we'll walk at daybreak
                                  Again i touch the green green grass of home

Green Green Grass of Home
(Curly Putnam)
Merle Haggard

Andrew Wyeth
'Public Sale'

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Classic Fragments 20 - An Edge

                                  'without an edge there ain't no tough guy'
Lady from Shanghai

Memento Mori

              Taken from his brother Jonathan Nolan's short story Memento Mori on www.impulsenine.com/homepage/pages/shortstories/memento_mori.htm, published in Esquire magazine, the haunting Neo Noir Christopher Nolan made as his debut in 2000 is still one of the best examples of the genre. One of the best reviews of Memento and the number of ways it can be considered can be found on www.filmsufi.com/2013/04/memento-christopher-nolan-2000.html

Memento Mori
Jonathan Nolan
March 2001 Esquire


Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Permanently Hidden

              Man cannot live without a permanent trust in something indestructible within himself, though both the indestructible element and the trust may remain permanently hidden from him.

Franz Kafka

Georgu Pinkhassov
Magnum Photos

Death of a Cyclist

Death of a Cyclist
Juan Antonio Bardem

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Black Shape

                 ........... first, there was nothing out there, nothing in sight there. Then, as though the street-bed were water and this bulky black shape were a grotesque gondola, it came floating up out of the darkness from nowhere. And then suddenly, still with no sound whatsoever, there it was at a halt in position.

Cornell Woolrich

reblogged from Flickr

Jazz Noir 5

                          A kiss that is never tasted is forever and ever wasted.
Billie Holiday

                  When i sing, trouble can sit right on my shoulder and i don't even notice.

Sarah Vaughan

Miles Davis by
Lee Tanner

Monday, 27 May 2013

Thunder Road

                                     There were ghosts in the eyes
                                     Of all the boys you sent away
                                     They haunt this dusty beach road
                                     In the skeleton frames of burned out Chevrolets

                                     They scream your name at night in the street
                                     Your graduation gown lies in rags at their feet
                                     And in the lonely cool before dawn
                                     You hear their engines roaring on
                                     But when you get to the porch they're gone
                                     On the wind, so Mary climb in
                                     It's a town full of losers
                                     And i'm pulling out of here to win

Thunder Road
Bruce Springsteen

Danny Lyon
reblogged from LeClownLyrique

Wayne F. Miller

some images
Magnum Photos

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Sketches of Night

      'Hopper read Life and he smoked cigarettes. Though i couldn't find out what brand he smoked. This magazine might have been on his nightstand. The woman in the painting, what is she holding ? A pack of Luckies ? A wad of money ? Hopper's wife said it was just a sandwich'.

Edward Hopper's Details
Jeremiah Moss
The New Yorker
May 23rd 2013

Study for Nighthawks
Heirs of Josephine N. Hopper
Whitney Museum

The Informer

        Even their hardened souls saw a vision of a strange life just then, an unknown and unexpected phantom that comes to some once in their lives and never comes to many.........

The Informer
Liam O'Flaherty
The Informer
John Ford  1935

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Mixture of Fragments

Lady from Shanghai

A mixture of shots and, with the exception of Lady from Shanghai, taken from some of Noir's less celebrated works which underline everything about the visual appeal of the genre.

Cry of the City

Obsession ( aka Hidden Room )

The Letter

The Prowler

Rusty Knife

Dead Reckoning


The Window

The Challenge
images reblogged from 
Life's a Noir