Robert Primes: Shadows & Darkness

From American Cinematographer, Big City Girl by Stephanie Argy (February 1999)

"The reason why most cinematographers like things to be dark is that if you show everything there's no mystery. And if there's no mystery, you're not compelling your audience to be curious. If a face is dark and rim-lit, except for a little gleam off the lips, your eyes are going to be looking at the lips. A lot of the art of cinematography is what you hide and what you reveal. Without shadows, you can't hide."

- Robert Primes, ASC

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