Stanley Kubrick’s Photographs of 1940s New York
Stanley Kubrick is best known as the visionary director of such classic films such as A Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Dr. Strangelove (to name only a few), but he began his career as a photographer for Look magazine at age 17– the youngest the publication had ever hired in 1945. Beginning about a month ago, a large collection of his photography was made available as part of an ongoing exhibit by Museum City of New York and VandM.
The collection reveals a unique view of New York City in the mid-to-late 1940’s, focusing not on the city itself but rather the people who inhabit it. Kubrick’s photojournalism offers a glimpse into the world of shoe-shine boys, showgirls, circus performers, and amusement park crowds. But many of the photos have a timeless quality as well, capturing the candid moments of happy couples, young children playing in the street, costume balls, restaurant diners, and bar patrons. Sample some of our favorites below, and beyond the jump, or view the complete collection at MCNY’s site.