Winter Chiaroscuro (40 images)

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There's a technical term used by artists and art historians for the use of contrasts of light to achieve a sense of volume in modelling three-dimensional objects and figures, chiaroscuro. Leonardo da Vinci and Caravaggio and Rembrandt were the masters of this, but it's always been basic to black-and-white photography and it's what defines the shadowy world of film noir, where the Maltese Falcon lives. And it defines Los Angeles in winter. The light is angled and mysterious. This is Wilshire...
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