Sunshine & Noir ~Tom Alleman

Sunshine –and– Noir : Los Angeles | 28 | | SUNSHINE & NOIR: Holga Photographs of Los Angeles and New York by Thomas Michael Alleman.

 : Sunshine & Noir : Los Angeles : SUNSHINE & NOIR: Holga Photographs of Los Angeles and New York by Thomas Michael Alleman

SUNSHINE & NOIR is a book-length series of urban landscapes made in Los Angeles and New York over the last five-plus years. The LA collection was begun in September 2001, and the New York batch in March of 2002. These pictures were shot on medium-format, black-and-white negative stock with a battery of $17 Holga toy cameras. The Holga’s many laughable failures are well known and all-encompassing: focus, exposure and parallax are effectively un-controllable, and the plastic lens is always aberrant, cloudy and vignetted. The shutter bounces sometimes, causing partial double-exposures; light-leaks are inevitable but random. Sunshine & Noir made its debut in April 2006, in a solo show at Ben Breard’s Afterimage Gallery in Dallas, and has since been exhibited at the Robin Rice Gallery in New York, the Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, OR, and the XianShaWan Photography Festival in Inner Mongolia, China. The project received feature spreads in Black and White Magazine in 2006, Phot’Art International in 2007 and Rangefinder Magazine in 2009.

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