Thursday, June 23, 2011

Stanley Kubrick Look Magazine

Before the world knew Stanley Kubrick as the famed visionary behind 2001: A Space Odyssey and  Clockwork Orange,  Kubrick was a photojournalist diligently documenting the seedy underbelly of 1940’s Chicago in all its squalid glory. 

In his photos of the sweltering nights, you can see the glitz and glamour reflecting from the covetous eyes of poor working class men, the hungry faces of oppressed black children, and the blank smiles of showgirls. 
Beginning in 1945 as an apprentice for Look Magazine at the age of 17, Kubrick was Look’s youngest staff photographer. He worked there for several years developing his unique visual style until he eventually quit five years later to pursue film. 

Much of his work from the period is collected in Stanley Kubrick: Drama and Shadows by Reiner Crone.

Have a look at a few of my favorites below. 

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