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Mr. Kubrick: A Master of Cameras

Let's give a classical round of applause to the most influential camera connoisseur in all of history -- Mr. Stanley Kubrick! While he was known mostly for his work with moving pictures, what many don't know is how he was a phenomenal photographer.

“If it can be written, or thought, it can be filmed.”
Stanley Kubrick and his Leica III camera, 1940s

Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures – If you have seen this film biography featuring Mr. Kubrick, you would know that even before he was able to make documentaries, full-length movies and almost always controversial films, he already possessed a queer eye for photography. It all started when his father, Jacques Kubrick, gave him a Graflex camera, a large-format vintage camera. (Some sources say that it was a Kodak Monitor 620.) He didn’t become a professional snapper right away. He spent some tedious years selling his own picture stories.

When he was 17 years young, though, he captured a photograph of a newspaperman at his stand surrounded by tabloids of Roosevelt’s death. He was able to immortalize the mournful expression of the man and immediately, he was able to transform the moment into a masterpiece of photojournalism.

Stanley Kubrick ©

He was then hired as a staff photographer for LOOK. He was freely able to explore his own creativity through the photographs he took and as he traveled throughout the States. In 2005, Rainier Crone published a book, Stanley Kubrick: Drama and Shadows: Photographs 1945 – 1950, featuring Mr. Kubrick’s shots. His photography’s distinction and sophistication are deeply dissected in the book. His photographs show the derelict, the doomed, and the deprived. He also usually viewed from cockeyed perspectives.

Mr. Kubrick often talked about his transition from a photographer to a director and how he could not have been the filmmaker that he was without a “photographer’s eye.” His notorious and painstaking way of directing films might have been the result of his meticulous techniques in his photography. Stanley Kubrick is, indeed (and forever will be), a true genius. Whether you adore him as a film director or as a photographer (or both), his painstaking and sly manner of manipulating the camera will surely be remembered by the whole world. His magnificence deserves a recognition, especially by us, the new-world analogue photographers.

LONG LIVE STANLEY KUBRICK!

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written by basterda

35 comments

  1. kazarareta

    kazarareta

    stanley kubrick is brilliant.

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  2. basterda

    basterda

    Yay, thanks for publishing my first Analogue Lifestyle article, LSI! <3

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  3. leela_dark

    leela_dark

    thanks for this wonderful article!

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  4. adi_totp

    adi_totp

    thanks for sharing this lovely article :)

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  5. cruzron

    cruzron

    @basterda - twas our pleasure! Just keep on submitting and we'll keep publishing!

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  6. basterda

    basterda

    Hey thanks for the kind comments, @leela_dark and @adi_totp! Kubrick rules! :)

    @cruzron and @kazararet - Thanks guys! And thanks also for adding the written by :)

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  7. nicolas_noir

    nicolas_noir

    He had a penchant for making lenses I also hear - he had made a f0.7 lens for a candlelight scene in Barry Lyndon.

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  8. superlighter

    superlighter

    Brava @basterda, great article! Kubrik, a true visual Master!

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  9. ishoothorizon

    ishoothorizon

    Stanley Kubrick was also the photographer of the fake moonlanding pictures, kept secret for many years.

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  10. cinzinc

    cinzinc

    if it wasn't for this article, I would have never known such a great artist!

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  11. emilios

    emilios

    legend!!!!. great article and pics

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  12. panelomo

    panelomo

    Kubrick!

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  13. j_robert

    j_robert

    thank you LOMO! an incredible tribute to one of my all time heroes! truly a genius!

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  14. bravopires

    bravopires

    Bravo, basterda! thanks for this masterpiece!

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  15. trash-gordon-from-outer-space

    trash-gordon-from-outer-space

    very well written.

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  16. jeepeng

    jeepeng

    he is still Shining!
    @nicolas_noir, the f0.7 camera was from Zeiss originally developed for NASA, all the actors and actresses had to move slower during the candle light scene.

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  17. basterda

    basterda

    Wow thanks for the nice comments everyone! I'm glad you all appreciate Mr. Stanley's incredible life and works. Yes, @nicolas_noir and @jeepeng, Kubrick had a custom-made lens made for Barry Lyndon - saw this in his autobiography film as well. I haven't watched the movie itself though. I bet the cinematography is genius! @ishoothorizon, I didn't know that he was involved in such moon landing photographs; thanks for the info, though. Again, thanks for the comments, all! :)

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  18. j_robert

    j_robert

    yep, that is correct. the candle light scene was entirely lit by natural candle light, something that has never been matched. genius no doubt

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  19. basterda

    basterda

    @j_robert, I completely agree with you!

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  20. fancholland2

    fancholland2

    The best of all directors, a pity he could not do his most ambitious project.
    BTW thanks for the book reference, I got to have a look at it.

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  21. flashback

    flashback

    Welly, welly, welly, welly, welly, welly, well.

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  22. basterda

    basterda

    My pleasure, @fancholland2! Every Kubrick fan should own that book. @flashback, Viddy well. :)

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  23. herbert-4

    herbert-4

    Really wonderful article. He was greatest of directors and photographers.

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  24. basterda

    basterda

    Thanks @herbert-4 and everyone else for your generous likes! :)

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  25. ipdegirl

    ipdegirl

    great job! i love learning about all these famous folks who were also photographers. thanks for bringing us this profile!

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  26. basterda

    basterda

    My pleasure, @ipdegirl. Thanks!

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  27. mojo_lomo

    mojo_lomo

    WOW!!
    loved it,,

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  28. mojo_lomo

    mojo_lomo

    WOW!!
    loved it,,

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  29. stitch

    stitch

    you should be a writer erin ;) good piece ;)

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  30. memento

    memento

    i miss kubrick :(

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  31. sklavet

    Good article but for his work but sadly, for myself his great achivements are discredit by the sexual abuses he did.

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  32. sklavet

    Oups, was Polansky, sorry,...feel dumb now!

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  33. tattso

    tattso

    Kubrick is God.

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  34. basterda

    basterda

    Thank you, @mojo_lomo! @stitch, yay, that would be a dream come true if I would be! Thanks! Hi, @memento, a lot of people do. @sklavet, I was a little confused by your first comment but the second one bothered me, too - I also like Polanski's films! :( @tattso, yes he is a genius! Thanks for still commenting on this, all! :)

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  35. robotto_dawad

    robotto_dawad

    nice article :)

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