The Photography of Stanley Kubrick


Before he went on to create the cinema masterpieces that we know and love, a teenage Stanley Kubrick worked as a photojournalist, taking pictures of 1940’s New York. Read more after the jump…

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Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999) was an American film director, film producer, film editor, screenwriter, and cinematographer. He is known for his methodical cinematic style and technical perfectionism, spawning some of the most notable films in history such as Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, A Clockwork Orange, Lolita, Paths of Glory, and Spartacus. But before he became one of the most influential and universally-acclaimed directors of all time, he worked as a photographer which we can simply say helped shape him to become the visionary that he was.

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He started learning photography as a serious hobby, because of his skill, he became his high school’s official photographer and eventually sought after freelance photography jobs which would later lead him to sell a photo series for Look magazine at the age of 17. He then became an apprentice photographer for the magazine and later became a full-time staff photographer. Over the decade (1940), Kubrick has shot nearly 10,000 photos, his would-be trademark blend of meticulously composed shots, both dramatic and artistic were already evident in this early period of his career.

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And for the first time, fine art prints of Kubrick’s photographic work will be available on the website VandM who selected 25 images from the thousands of negatives that Kubrick shot in which majority of the proceeds will go to the Museum of the City of New York.

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written by nyebe on 2011-12-10 #news #black-and-white #photography #1940 #stanley-kubrick #kubrick #look-magazine


  1. jawatembak
    jawatembak ·

    full metal kubrick.

  2. gvelasco
    gvelasco ·

    A critic once said of Kubrick, "They called MOOVIES," because Kubrick liked using very static compositions in his scenes just as if he was shooting a still picture.

  3. neurodiaz
    neurodiaz ·


  4. mafiosa
    mafiosa ·

    Cool article. I did not know he was a photographer as well - though it makes a lot of sense.

  5. franty
    franty ·


  6. slumbrnghok
    slumbrnghok ·

    Kubriks a genius. If you like his stuff and you're patient and don't mind spending a few hours watching a challenging film you should check out the work of Andrei Tarkovsky. A Russian director who has a style remeniscant of Kubrik. Totally worth checking out.

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