By Laura Collinson

On the first viewing of this quirky photography series by Swedish photographer, Emma Hartvig, two questions spring to mind: are we witnessing a crime scene or a decadent event?

Hartvig clarifies that we are in fact witnessing elements of both. Inspired by the suspense created in Hollywood thrillers, and particularly the work of Alfred Hitchcock, the colourful collection of stills pays homage to the many facets of ‘cinema’.

The photographer explains: “Late Showings at the Cinema (2016) is a series of work for King Kong Magazine which was themed around gentrification. A brief from the editor had words like ‘long legged creatures of the night’ and ‘consumerism and the rich’, and therefore my idea was to create a glamorous setting with a strong feeling of tension. Hints of crime scenes or luxury events. At all times, you’d think something is about to happen, similar to old hollywood films – think Alfred Hitchcock’s cinematic tension.”

Currently working between London and Berlin, Hartvig’s recent clients include Harper’s Bazaar, AnOther Magazine, King Kong Magazine and Siemens. Her work has been exhibited and published internationally, with solo and group shows in London, New York and Berlin.

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