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Photography: Stanley Kubrick – New York in the ’40’s

Before there was 2001 – A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, Dr. Strangelove or even Killer’s Kiss and The Killing, Stanley Kubrick was a staff photographer for Look Magazine from 1945 – 1950. While working for Look, Kubrick would attend screenings of films at The Museum of Modern Art, where he would develop his own style from watching the films of Max Ophuls and Elia Kazan. He would eventually start his film making career with short documentaries and work his way up to his first feature film – Killer’s Kiss in 1955.  If you’re familiar with Kubrick’s film you can easily see how his strong photographic background applies to most of his work – beautifully composed shots – i.e. the twin girls in The Shinning (borrowed from Diane Arbus), Alex & his Droogs at the milkbar from A Clockwork Orange, everything in Lolita – and on and on and on. Stanley Kubrick would go on to direct 13 movies and become one of cinemas most influential directors, but this is a great look into where it all started – That’s him, by-the-way, looking slightly Mr. Bean-like in picture 5.

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