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Shots of the New York subway in the 1950s prove Stanley Kubrick was a genius, even at 16

You may only know Stanley Kubrick by the acclaimed films that generally precede his name, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Dr Strangelove and A Clockwork Orange. But as it has been discovered, Kubrick was a talented photographer long before his foray into film.

Working as a freelancer for NY magazine LOOK, Kubrick, much in the fashion of Vivienne Maier, would scour the subway systems for fleeting moments of intimacy and sorrow.

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Brilliantly capturing the paradox that is New York City, Stanley Kubrick’s swift and candid images speak the story of 1950s America with sheer brilliance.

Only recently uncovered, the 1946 series was shot when Kubrick was just 16 years old. The extent of his photographic work has only been documented in it’s full glory by Philippe D. Mather’s recent book Stanley Kubrick at LOOK Magazine: Authorship and Genre in Photojournalism and Film. 

The images are a beautiful collection of images celebrating the everyday moments in New York’s characters.

Via Dangerous Minds.

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July 31, 2017

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