With a storied catalog of films behind him, director James Cameron is a legend in the industry. A new book, Tech Noir, celebrates his visual style.
Imagery of the imagination
If you’re a sci-fi fan in particular, the name James Cameron strikes a cord. The film director is a true icon, with movies like Terminator, Aliens, The Abyss, and Titanic in his catalog. Now he’s bringing his visual flair to the realm of coffee table books. That’s thanks to Insight Editions’ new Tech Noir: The Art of James Cameron.
The fresh book celebrates the movies he’s made, but it’s much more than that. Included in its pages are pieces of art from Cameron’s own personal archives, of work that he’s done himself.
And if you’re expecting just the big names and projects that actually got made, think again. Tech Noir has that, but also movie ideas that never actually made it to the big screen.
The stunning monograph TECH NOIR: THE ART OF JAMES CAMERON [Insight Editions; $75.00] reveals that Cameron displayed remarkable ability at an early age, filling sketchbooks with illustrations of alien creatures, faraway worlds, and technological wonders. As he grew older, his art became increasingly sophisticated, exploring major themes that would imbue his later work—from the threat of nuclear catastrophe to the dangers inherent in the development of artificial intelligence. Working in the film industry in his twenties, Cameron supported himself by illustrating theatrical posters and concept art for low-budget films before creating the visionary concept pieces that would help greenlight his first feature, The Terminator.Insight Editions
Tech Noir: The Art of James Cameron is priced in at $75 USD, and is set to launch on December 14th. It’s also one of our gift guide picks, which you can check out here.