On the Cover: The Early Photography of Stanley Kubrick | Visual Art | Hudson Valley | Hudson Valley; Chronogram
Pin It
Favorite

On the Cover: The Early Photography of Stanley Kubrick 

Untitled | Stanley Kubrick | Photography
  • Untitled | Stanley Kubrick | Photography

The formative stages of a great artist's career are sometimes just filled with juvenilia, the early misfirings and wrong directions of a talent trying on different guises. In Stanley Kubrick's case, a kid from the Bronx shows up at the offices of Look magazine one day and shows a portfolio of already accomplished work. (Kubrick's father, a dentist, was a serious amateur photographer who kept a darkroom at home and gave young Stanley a Graflex camera).

His first photograph for Look, published in 1945 when he was just 17, depicts a newsstand employee surrounded by newspapers announcing President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's death. The photo appeared in a double-page spread chronicling the careers of FDR and his successor, Harry S. Truman. The pathos in the old man's face, slumped head in hand, displays mature talent.

In his photographs, many unpublished, Kubrick trained the camera on his native city, drawing inspiration from the nightclubs, street scenes, and sporting events that made up his first assignments, and capturing the pathos of ordinary life with a sophistication that belied his young age. Through a Different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photographs—both an exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York and a book by Taschen of the same title—features more than 120 photographs by Kubrick from the museum's Look magazine archive, a collection that includes 129 photography assignments and more than 12,000 negatives from his five years as a staff photographer.

"Through a Different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photographs" is on view at the Museum of the City of New York through January 6.

Pin It
Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Hudson Valley Events

submit event
Shakespeare in Love @ Capital Repertory Theatre

Shakespeare in Love

Tue., April 23, 7:30 p.m.
Letters To Wild Women @ Hudson Area Library

Letters To Wild Women

April 6-May 31 — An art exhibition in the library's community room featuring the work of...

View all of today's events

Chronogram on Instagram

Latest in Arts & Culture

  • Five Fantastic Hudson Valley Events for Your Calendar
  • Five Fantastic Hudson Valley Events for Your Calendar

    From world-class live music to a woodworker’s dream sale and Hudson’s hippest reading series, it’s all here, waiting for you.
    • Apr 17, 2019
  • AMR Spring Art Show at the Commons Building
  • AMR Spring Art Show at the Commons Building

    The Spring Show hosted by the AMR Artists, which opens on April 19 at Upstairs at the Commons gallery in Margaretville and remains on view through May 13, will include works by 20 participants working in different disciplines: painting, monotypes, photography, tapestry, installation, and even jewelry.
    • Apr 11, 2019
  • Turkuaz & Brass Against Play BSP Kingston on April 19
  • Turkuaz & Brass Against Play BSP Kingston on April 19

    Radio Woodstock and BSP Kingston have teamed up to bring something very funky to Uptown Kingston this Spring. On Friday, April 19, the nine-piece power-funk ensemble Turkuaz takes their rainbow-themed, dance-heavy show to BSP Kingston’s historic back room theater.
    • Apr 10, 2019
  • More »