1949 Chicago Through Stanley Kubrick's Lens


Stanley Kubrick wasn't only a star film director; he was also a superb photographer. Take a look at some of his bold Chicago snaps for a 1949 Look magazine assignment.

Kubrick captured himself in the mirror of showgirl Rosemary Williams in 1949. Photo via Wikipedia

Before he became one of the most celebrated filmmakers of all time, Stanley Kubrick was an ace photojournalist. While in college, Kubrick took freelance photography jobs and sold a series of photographs to Look magazine. By 1946, he became an apprentice photographer for Look, and a full-time staff photographer soon after. This involvement on photography would later influence Kubrick and set his filming career in motion.

Look sent Kubrick to Chicago in the summer of 1949 as a photographer for a story titled “Chicago—City of Contrasts.” Kubrick’s beautiful photos reflected his keen eye for details and flair for composition. His simple and candid snapshots in crisp black-and-white depicted not only people and places, but also everyday scenes and stark realities surrounding the city.

See some of Kubrick’s gritty 1949 snapshots in Kodak Super XX Large format film below:

Photos from the Library of Congress

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written by plasticpopsicle on 2011-05-12 in #lifestyle #lomography #stanley-kubrick #history #1949 #chicago #analogue-lifestyle #photojournalism


  1. mephisto19
    mephisto19 ·

    very WOW

  2. yattering
    yattering ·

    This is awesome!

  3. freckleface
    freckleface ·

    Ah I love the 3rd photo so much! So amazing :)

  4. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    Kubrick's photographic work really deserves to be better known... Thanks for showing us these fantastic shots! :)

  5. lokified
    lokified ·

    Incredible stuff!

  6. babak_homayouni
    babak_homayouni ·

    well done

  7. servus_salyut
    servus_salyut ·

    Great shots, thanks for sharing!!!

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