Stanley Kubrick was a visionary, no doubt about that. He brought a certain artistry to the cinema and changed the way we look at things on the screen. That is how much of a master he truly was — he looked at things differently and shared it with us through his compelling films. But before he became a master filmmaker and storyteller, he was also a photographer and a talented one at that.
Starting as a staff photographer for Look Magazine in 1945 at just 17 years old, Kubrick had a knack for scenes that jump out of the frame. His early photos show his affinity for engaging visuals and a stylized way of composition. The New York City native had flair for theatrical shots and that soon became evident in his cinematic work.
Through a Different Lens, Stanley Kubrick Photographs is an ongoing exhibition that features more than 120 photographs by the late movie maker and photographer. It is being held at the Museum of the City of New York until October 28, 2018. A bulk of the photos on display are from the Museum’s Look Magazine archive that spans five years in Kubrick’s career as a staff photographer. The collection includes 129 photography assignments and more 12,000 negatives from his stint at Look Magazine.
The exhibition also coincides with a book release from TASCHEN with the same name. In the tome, readers will find around 300 images, a lot of which were previously unseen, as well as rare tear sheets from Look Magazine. An introduction is provided by photography critic Luc Sante.