Ruvan Afandor's work seems fitting for this time of year. His photography is dark in subject, but glossy in a polished for the public way. This is fitting because he does a lot of advertising and celebrity portrait photography.
One of my favorite of his celebrity subjects is Kara Walker. She is known for her cut out murals, done almost entirely in black and white. Stereotypes and caricature abound in her work, and I love the playful take Ruven takes along that theme by placing her inside her own cutouts.
If his work interests you, his new book might be a good investment. It highlights, and glamorizes, the lives of flamenco dancers in Spain.