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.


About Farah Mahbub

Farah Mahbub was born and brought up in Karachi. She attained her bachelor’s degree in fine art, literature and psychology. Being primarily self-taught, she has been working as a professional photographer since 1988. Her photographic journey has taken its course through exploration of various genres, ranging from fine art, commercial, architectural and landscape photography. However for her, personal self-expression is best conveyed through fine art photography, which she continues to explore and dedicate her abilities to. Working formerly in analogue, her present work now is primarily in the digital format. As a practicing artist, Farah’s work has been exhibited in both local and international exhibitions including the 11th Asian Art Biennale in Bangladesh and the Mohatta Palace Museum in Pakistan. Her work has also been published in multiple books most notably Journeys of the Spirit: Pakistan Art in the New Millenium. Farah joined the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture in 1997 as a faculty member, where she has been ever since. Under her tenure, photography has evolved from a single class into an undergraduate minor spanning the Communication Design and Fine Art and Interior Design departments. Farah recently had her fifth solo show "Baraka Silsila-e-Nisbat" with an accompanying monograph. View all posts by Farah Mahbub

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