Exactly 40 years ago in 1974, American photographer Dennis Stock took a series of photos of a crosswalk in Tokyo. For the anniversary of his reportage in Japan, I dedicated to him this article, with a series of photos of one of the most populated crosswalk in my city, Como. Take a look after the jump!
Dennis Stock (1928-2010) was a great American photographer who became famous for his portraits of celebrities like Hollywood stars and notable jazz musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Sidney Bechet, Gene Krupa, and Duke Ellington.
After he served the U.S. Army from 1947 to 1951, he apprenticed in photography under Gjon Mili. At only 23 years old in 1951, he won the first prize in a Life magazine competition for young photographers. In the same year, he began his collaboration with Magnum agency as an associated member. After three years, he became a full partner of this great photographic agency. In 1974, he realized a reportage in Japan, and was published in 1976 in the book Voyage Poétique à Travers le Japon d’Autrefois, published by a Swiss editor.
Here you can see his famous portrait of James Dean in Times square. He took many portraits of Hollywood stars like Marlon Brando and Marylin Monroe. Always in his Magnum archive, I found an interesting reportage about the life of hippies. between the 1960s and 1970s, and another funny reportage of beach life in Deauville, France, where he experimented with color photography.
Among his nice photos, the ones I liked are from the series taken at a crosswalk in Tokyo which I found on the interesting archives of Magnum Photos. This photo reminds me of the style of one of my preferred photographers, Robert Frank. This photo and this photo are other examples.
To write this article I took a series of photos in one of the most frequented crosswalks of my city, Como, situated near the local market and just outside the pedestrian zone of the city center. I used mainly my Zorki 1 camera loaded with an Ilford FP4+ film roll.
A Salute to the Masters is a series dedicated to great photographers that I like. I posted other tributes for Walker Evans, Lee Friedlander, Helen Levitt, Ernst Haas, Stephen Shore, Gabriele Basilico, Robert Adams, Thomas Struth, J.H. Lartigue, Elliott Erwitt, Robert Frank, Gianni Berengo Gardin, André Kertész, Willy Ronis, Brassaï, Rodchenko, Dan Graham, Henry Grant, William Eggleston and Izis Bidermanas. I especially love street photography and urban architectural photography.