The Visual Style of HBO’s The Wire
Apr 2012 15

I know what you’re thinking: “what visual style?”. The Wire as a TV show seemed to conscientiously shy away from anything that seemed even close to visual style, but this well-argued video essay seems to reveal a hitherto unheralded visual ethos contributing to the core aesthetic of the show:

… And I should probably mention that it is 36 minutes long. Still, worth watching and surprisingly interesting if, like me, you’d never given it much thought.

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