Stanley Kubrick’s NYC Subway Photo Series From 1946
Stanley Kubrick’s NYC subway photo series from 1946 is a dystopian walk back in time which makes us look at the Big Apple in a totally different light. Stanley Kubrick took these photos many years before becoming a movie director, the profession that got him international fame and status.
During the summer of 1945, 16-year-old Stanley Kubrick started a collaboration with LOOK magazine, a competitor to the much more famous LIFE magazine. This collaboration proved to be a successful one, and lasted until the young photographer started making movies, when he turned 23, during the early 1950s.
Stanley Kubrick, the director of Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey and A Clockwork Orange managed to carve a name for himself in movie industry with these amazing cult films which passed the test of time.
Little known about this brilliant director is his passion for street photography. The photo series shot by him in 1946 is like a living testimony of NYC from back in the day. Stanley Kucbrick’s NYC subway photo series can be found in the archives of the Museum of the City of New York.
Stanley Kubrick’s self-portrait from 1949, taken with his Leica III, while being a staff photographer for LOOK Magazine.
A book by Philippe D. Mather about Stanley Kubrick at LOOK Magazine: Authorship and Genre in Photojournalism and Film is also available on Amazon.
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