Unseen photos from Bill Henson provides a neo-noir look at New York in the 1980s

The Liquid Night by Bill Henson
(Image credit: © Bill Henson)

The Liquid Night, a new book by Australian photographer Bill Henson, takes us on a journey through the gritty neon-lit streets of New York City in the 1980s, showing us an era that has long since passed. 

What might now be categorized as neo-noir The Liquid Night is a kaleidoscopic walk through the turbulent streets of New York at night. The 60 images capture fleeting glimpses of the city's inhabitants 'as they merge into the street lights and signs which herald pop culture and vice with an equal voice'. Each photograph could be a movie still from gritty sci-fi movies of the time - Robocop certainly wouldn't look out of place in these cityscapes!

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Kalum Carter
Staff Writer

Kalum Carter is a photographer, photo editor and writer based in the UK, and for almost a decade he has worked with brands and publications to create, edit, and sequence imagery. Having recently graduated with a Master's Degree in Photography from the University of the West of England (UWE), Kalum joined Digital Camera World as a Staff Writer, covering news, reviews, and his biggest passion – photography books! 

Kalum's photography has been published and exhibited around the world, and he continues to photograph on a project-by-project basis. He is currently working on a personal project capturing the people and landscape of Gower, South Wales. Currently untitled, this body of work will be exhibited for the National Trust later this year.