You know how some people have an eye for things, well I think Stanley Kubrick had two. I came across some amazing photographs he took of New York in the 40’s and even though a lot of them are of seemingly ordinary things, they are still so beautifully lined up and considered that they look like they have been staged, even though they haven’t – I guess that is why he was one of the most famous directors in the world.
For those of you who may not know who Stanley Kubrick is, he directed these famous movies (just to name a few) A Clockwork Orange, Full Metal Jacket, Lolita, Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Shining, all amazing films.
– Kubrick’s special skill behind the camera and his ability to create visual intrigue were evident long before he was a Hollywood icon. Even at the age of 17, Kubrick was an immense talent. In 1945, for $25, he sold a photograph to Look magazine of a broken-hearted newsvendor reacting to the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. A few months later Kubrick joined Look’s staff to become the youngest staff photographer in the magazine’s history. He continued to work for Look until 1950 when he left to pursue filmmaking.
It was during this period that Kubrick’s respected—and often-imitated—style first became apparent. His photographs are vintage Kubrick: a complex blend of composition, drama, light and mystery.
Source: Twisted Sifter
Student at Columbia University – 1948
Walking the Streets of New York – 1946
Shoe Shine Boys – 1947
Circus Woman With Rollerskating Monkey – 1948
Waiting at the Dentist’s Office
Betsy Von Furstenberg – 1949
Circus Side Show Performer – 1948
Shoe Shine Boys (Vendor) – 1947
High Wire Act – 1948
Boxer Walter Cartier – 1948
Showgirls at the Copacabana Club – 1948
Changing the Tire – 1946
Girl with Dolls – 1947
Johnny Grant – 1946
Mens Fashion Show – 1948
Young Girl at Palisades Amusement Park – 1946
Johnny on the Spot – 1946
Police Athletic League Boxing – 1946
Laboratory at Columbia University – 1948
Shoe Shine Boys (On Fence) – 1947
Film Crew – 1947