Quote Originally Posted by Holly View Post
I don't see how there could be light
coming from behind and above, getting her hands to make shadows like that, without it highlighting her head, though.
The photographer might have used a black "flag" to block light from reaching the upper zone of her head. The side light does fall on the lower hair - near the shoulder - giving it an "accent".

I suppose the photographer wanted to simulate an office environment with light coming from the sides and avoid the portrait cliché of the accent light on to upper head.

In any case I agree that light disposition alone is not going to convey much "vintage" atmosphere.