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Night for Night—a surreal L.A. captured in nighttime images

Photographs by Kevin Cooley

Night for night,” is the term for nighttime scenes filmed on location during the night (as opposed to “day for night,” where scenes shot during the day are edited to give the appearance of night). Kevin Cooley, a Brooklyn- based photographer, turned his lens to television and movie sets during a six-month sojourn in Los Angeles, exploiting the intense juxtaposition of ordinary suburban houses and extraordinary lighting created by studio crews. His own shots use long exposures and wide angles, with no additional lighting. “Hollywood basically recycles L.A. to make it look like places all over the world,” he notes. Ironically, by photographing houses in this manner, Cooley captures a specificity of place that could only be L.A.
— Sarah Cox

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