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Store Noir: 1940

Store Noir: 1940

May 1940. "Corner store at 11 p.m. Durham, North Carolina." Medium format negative by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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The shadow on the street

is classic, you couldn't devise a shot like this.

Time exposure with someone coming or going

The blurriness of the photo (and being at night) suggests a long exposure, so the "ghosts" on the front step are probably one or more people walking in or out of the place during the exposure.

But a nice change, because we don't get a lot of night shots here.

Shorpy on film

I'm watching the 1940 movie "Primrose Path" with Ginger Rogers and Joel McCrea, and every shot looks like a still from Depression-era Shorpy photos. I can only conclude that the set dresser and art director knew what they were doing. The diners and stores look just like photos we see here, interiors and exteriors alike.


There seem to be a couple of Ghosts hanging out on the front steps.

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