Title: “Hitchcock Story, NYC. British Glamour, 2012” by Pamela Hanson
By Shayna Miller
Although this photograph has all the potential of a classic 1940’s romantic scene in New York City, there is a clear sense of the ominousness that Alfred Hitchcock’s films are so well known for. Without the title, perhaps one would consider the couple’s body language to be a sign that there was a disagreement at some point; but throw in the word “Hitchcock,” and one knows that there is a more dangerous twist to this possibly inverted romance scene. While the photo was published in British Glamour in 2012, I feel that the photograph really captures two of Hitchcock’s most commonly used themes in his films: suspense, and the audience as a voyeur. One can almost feel the tension projecting through the photograph, exemplified through the intensity of the woman’s perplexed stare, while the man seems to have no idea what is going through her head. Perhaps she is keeping some dark secret from him that has, or will have, the potential to result in bloodshed. Either way, by utilizing the word “Hitchcock” in the photo’s title, any viewer becomes a voyeur, as we ponder the secret in this seemingly distorted intimate relationship from a distance. Through Hanson’s photograph, Hitchcock actually becomes a fashion style.
This stunning photograph will be part of the Josephine Herrick Project 2013 MODERN MASTERS OF PHOTOGRAPHY BENEFIT AUCTION on November 4, 2013 in NYC. For more information about the auction, please visit: http://jhproject.org/benefit/
About the photographer:
Pamela Hanson was born in London, England and grew up in Geneva. She attended the American School in Lugano, Switzerland, and later attended the University of Colorado where she pursued her studies in fine arts. Hanson has over twenty years of experience in the fashion industry, with her work featured in: Allure, D Magazine, Elle, Glamour (American, English, Italian), GQ, InStyle, Jane, Marie Claire (American, English, Australian), and many others. In 2001, Hanson released Girls: a 200+ page photo book filled with personal and professional work, color and black and white images, which has had worldwide success. She released her second book Boys, in the spring of 2006. She has also directed several television commercials in Europe including L’Oreal, Andre Shoes, Stride Rite Shoes, Chantell, Nivea and Nouveau. Pamela also directed a series of television spots to raise funds for finding a Juvenile Diabetes cure and has recently received an award from the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP) for her “Family Stories” short documentary; a public service announcement collaboration with The Partnership at Drugfree.org. She currently lives in New York City with her two Sons.
Visit Pamela Hanson’s website: http://pamelahanson.com/
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