For the last year or so, I've been much more into black & white photography in general, but also shooting in direct late afternoon sunlight, with very hard shadows. You still see a lot of this approach coming out of California, and off the top of my head, none better than Renee Jacobs. Note that I'm in no way comparing my work to hers, just stating one example.
Not the easiest shooting conditions and I have a lot to learn.
More of the beautiful Maudite on the Noirotica blog.