Stanley Kubrick’s early photographs of New York street life
Before he became the acclaimed director that he now is, Stanley Kubrick spent five years as a photographer for Look magazine, specialising in depicting the highs and lows of New York City.
Kubrick joined the publication in 1945 when he was aged just 17 and was based in the Bronx. He’d stay in this role as a staff photographer for five years and would explore every nook and cranny New York and its inhabitants had to offer. “By the time I was 21 I had four years of seeing how things worked in the world,” Kubrick told an interviewer in 1972. “I think if I had gone to college I would never have been a director.”
An exhibition is showing the early photographs and the Museum of the City of New York will host it. The show is titled “Through a Different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photographs”. Kubrick’s work will also be collected in a book of the same name and will be published by Taschen.
“You cannot look at photographs without knowing he’s going to be a filmmaker,” said Donald Albrecht, curator of architecture and design at the museum.
“There were a lot of great photographers at Look and he probably wasn’t the greatest one there, but there was something about Stanley that you just knew he had what it took to get to the next level.”