Literary Nonfiction. Photography. It was an era of gambling, smuggling rings, grifters, police corruption, bootleggers, brothels, murders, and more. It was also a time of intensified concern with order, conformity, structure, and restrictions. VANCOUVER NOIR provides a fascinating insight into life in the Terminal City, noir-style.
These are visions of the city, both of what it was and what some of its citizens hoped it would either become or conversely cease to be. The photographs—most of which look like stills from period movies featuring detectives with chiselled features, tough women, and bullet-ridden cars—speak to the styles of the Noir era and tell us something special about the ways in which a city is made and unmade.
The authors argue that noir-era values and perspectives are to be found in the photographic record of the city in this era, specifically in police and newspaper pictures. These photographs document changing values by emphasizing behaviours and sites that were increasingly viewed as deviant by the community's elite. They chart an age of rising moral panics. Public violence, smuggling rings, police corruption, crime waves, the sex trade, and the glamorization of sex in burlesques along and nearby Granville Street's neon alley belonged to an array of public concerns against which media and political campaigns were repeatedly launched.
Author City: VANCOUVER, BC CAN