by Laura Migliorino
The film noir project Finding Hopper was inspired by an exhibition of
Edward Hopper’s work at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis in early
2014. I have long been attracted to both night photography and
Hopper’s work. Like Hopper, I am an avid viewer of the film noir
genre, both movies and television shows; I often stay up and watch
Perry Mason, The Fugitive, and Naked City. The grainy quality and rich
black-and-white tonal values of film noir transport me to another era. I
approach the project from a 21st century perspective, executing the
work using my iPhone or iPad only. I began shooting on the summer
solstice 2014 and will end on the winter solstice 2014, taking one
photo a night and posting on Instagram and Facebook.
Click on any photo to begin the slide show.
Laura Migliorino was born in Cleveland Ohio, and grew up in a Southside Chicago suburb. Her four grandparents immigrated from Italy and her Italian heritage continues to influence her life and work. Migliorino’s BFA is from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and MFA is from the University of Minnesota. She teaches at Anoka-Ramsey Community College as a Photography professor. Migliorino received numerous grants from the Jerome Foundation, several Minnesota State Arts Board grants, and various exhibition prizes. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Walker Art Center, Weisman Museum in Minneapolis, and The Minnesota Center for Book Arts. She has exhibited internationally for over 30 years. Her series Occidente Nuevo: Recycled Tijuana was recently featured in the Huffington Post and DOMUS Magazine.
SLAG GLASS CITY • Volume 1 • November 2014
Image credits: all photo essay images by Laura Migliorino.