Prior to becoming a revered film director, Stanley Kubrick worked as a staff photographer for Look Magazine, starting his job there at the tender age of 17-years-old – a decision that informed his career with an early view of “how the world worked”. Raised in the Bronx, Kubrick’s first photography job led to him shooting every corner of New York City as part of his job as a roving camera man.

In a new exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York entitled Through a Different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photographs, 120 images from his five-year period working for Look go on display. Focusing on the lives of everyday New Yorkers going about their business, the images would have been nothing out of the ordinary in their day, but they offer a revealing insight into the city of the 1940’s, combined with the obvious intrigue of having been shot by the legendary Stanley Kubrick.

Young lady in a hurry, 1950

Park benches- Love is everywhere, 1946

Fun at an Amusement Park, 1947

Girl with a Lipstick

Johnny on the Spot, 1946

HIgh wire

Stanley Kubrick

Shoeshine Boy, 1947

Images: Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York / SK Film Archive, LLC

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