Rut Blees Luxemburg (b 1967)   She photographs the public spaces of the city at night using long exposure and the light emanating from the street only: this sometimes creates almost abstract images: “The rich tones of orange and yellow and green in her images, make her work recognisable in an instant. The lighting of other places around the subject, emphasis the atmosphere but also bring out the themes of her images…The long exposure of the image creates a sense that the glow of the lights allow the viewer when looking at the image more time to look at them” (Emer, 2012).

I particularly like A Girl from Elsewhere, (below) and am interested in how she often uses reflection with the artificial light.

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(Rut Blees Luxemburg, 2000)










Brassai (1899-1984)    He photographed Paris at night, most especially it’s more tawdry aspects, prostitutes, pimps, madams, transvestites for instance. His technique was primitive but effective; using his small plate camera on a tripod, he focused, opened the shutter and fired a flashbulb. His pictures were published in Paris de nuit (1933; Paris After Dark) these caused a stir because of their sometimes scandalous subject matter.

(Aget photography, n.d)

Sato Shintaro (b 1969)     Shows a completely different way of capturing artificial light. He primarily shoots between dusk and dark. His Tokyo cityscapes combine grand vistas and images of a real city. He explains his technique: “To get that atmosphere, I used a large format camera in twilight. It needed a lot of time to take one shot from 4 to 15 minutes. I tried not to move the camera to get clear images during that time. So my enemy was the strong wind. Every time I took a picture, I struggled against the wind while using an umbrella.”  (Sreyoshi, 2012).

I particularly like the way he often completely fills the frames with the city lights.

(Shintaro n.d)


Christopher Doyle (b. 1952)     A cinematographer who in his films uses artificial light on faces in an unnerving way. His films also combine woozy light and saturated colours to create rich visuals. He says that he shoots be instinctively. I am heartened that he believes “There’s always a shot or a moment you missed; it informs your work rather than takes from it.” (Film4, n.d).

Of these photographers I am most stimulated by Rut Blees Luxumberg and intend to reshoot at night trying some of her techniques. 


ATget photography (n.d). At: (accessed 1.4.16)

Emer (2012). Rut Blees Luxemburg at: (accessed 1.4.16).


Film4 (n.d). Interview: Cinematographer Christopher Doyle on his work with Wong Kar-Wai. At: : (accessed 1.4.16).


Rut Blees Luxemburg (2000). A Girl from Elsewhere. At: (accessed 1.4.16).


Shintaro, S (n.d). At: (accessed 1.4.16).


Sreyoshi (2012). Capturing the twilight zone with Sato Shintaro. At: (accessed 1.4.16).









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