Grisly, ghastly, gorgeous photographs capture the faces of this century's most violent criminals and their unfortunate victims. "New York Noir" explores the darker side of urban life, featuring over 130 chilling black-and-white photographs from the archives of "New York's Picture Newspaper." Besides being a shockingly beautiful expos of exceptionally ugly acts, this groundbreaking book draws attention, for the first time, to the relationship between the Daily News and film noir. The images in the newspaper were the primary source for the visual style that has defined Hollywood movies, from The Maltese Falcon to L.A. Confidential.
Author William Hannigan describes the development of tabloid news photography and discusses the factors that contributed to the noir aesthetic. The introduction by Luc Sante explores the implications of viewing these photographs as art objects. Decades after the events they record have passed. Many of the duotone reproductions were made from unique glass negative, while others capture the retouching and manipulation of the original prints.
An eloquent portrait of a city and an era, "New York Noir" will be a favorite among crime buffs, photography fans, and students of New York City's past.