Brighton Rock

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Brighton student Liza, decided to celebrate her nineteenth birthday by hiring our professional photographer in London, S.C. to document her memorable day. Twenty of Liza’s closest friends joined her on a private bus touring some of London’s iconic attractions, followed by partying to cool tunes at Brighton’s infamous Pacha. The whole experience couldn’t have been more rock and roll.

Nowadays, trendy Brighton is a far cry from the setting of Graham Greene’s infamous 1938 novel ‘Brighton Rock, whose name sake is also a film, a song by Queen, a musical, and there is even a Canadian glam metal band so called. Brighton has become one of the most vibrant and creative cities in Europe. Historic yet at the same time cosmopolitan, famed for its nightlife and funky arts, it offers everything from Regency heritage to beachfront cool.

West London photographer S.C.’s shots of Liza and her friends, took a distinct ‘Film Noir’ direction that night. The visual style of S.C.’s involved stark light and dark contrasts, is a character trait very often used in the Film Noir genre, an era which spanned the 1940’s and 1950’s and associated with a low key black and white visual style, that has its roots in German Expressionist cinematography – an artistic movement of the 1910’s and 1920’s involving theatre, photography, painting and sculpture as well as cinema.

Film Noir later influenced such films as ‘Scarface’ and ‘Citizen Kane.’ The shots of this era were typically low and wide angles. Shots of people reflected in one or more mirrors, shots taken through curved or frosted glass or other distorting objects – sound familiar?

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