Film Noir:
An example of its influence on the photographs of Rick Doble




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Rick Doble Photograph Of Human Figure Like Film Noir

Rick Doble Photograph Of Human Figure Like Film Noir
Public Domain Photo From A Film Noir: The Big Combo

Public Domain Photo From A Film Noir: The Big Combo
In 1956, at the age of 12, I spent the evening in New York City with an actor by the name of Donald Buka. He was a friend of my mother. Now I had known a number of adult actors who came to our house on a regular basis so this was not all that unusual. But this night we wandered the dark streets and ended up at a diner where they happened to be showing one of Donald's movies on TV. So for the next two hours I watched Donald on the screen in a vintage Film Noir and ever since then I have been hooked. I have seen every Film Noir that I can get my hands on (about 230), although a number are not available on DVD or even VHS. The stark bold imagery, the odd angles and angular compositions, the night scenes, the sense of atmosphere, the silhouettes, the beauty that is created from dark and disturbing stories and situations, the feeling of isolation: this is America's great dramatic art form. My work reflects this in many of my compositions both structurally and also emotionally.



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