Stanley Kubrick’s Photos of 1940s New York

Before becoming a legendary director, Stanley Kubrick was a poor kid from the Bronx who did photojournalism for Look magazine in the 1940s in and around New York City. He shot on the sly, often times his camera concealed in a paper bag with a hole in it. Of the some odd 10 000 black and white photographs he took while working at the magazine, VandM chose a total of 25, which have now been made available as prints.

Check them out after the jump, and for purchasing head over to VandM’s website.

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  • Matt Sander

    Amazing! I bet those Frankfurters are breathtaking.

  • mwb

    Brilliant stuff. The best photographers are story-tellers first. Every shot here could be a frame from a movie.

  • Mik

    This is something fantastic for me. So many feelings and emotions.

  • Heather

    These are really amazing, it’s like a time capsule of an era gone by. I’d love to see the other 9,975 pictures.

  • Bill Kostka

    One can begin to see from the composition, lighting and subject matter, the creativity that later would be translated into the motion pictures he created.

  • Willie Wonkadre

    Hot Americana

  • Cheryl


  • Adam Daly

    These photos really capture that era well. Thanks for sharing.

  • bdunn

    baller points for printing full frame.

  • rpupkin

    he sure liked the dames

  • leo


  • Ken

    Any way we can see the others? Too many of these don’t have a lot of background scenery to look at. Not that they aren’t excellent compositions, every one of them, but I would like to see more..

  • Jitendra Desai

    Through these photographs ,We can sense his passion and his creativity as an observer and recorder of life.Huge thanks to ” Stumble upon” for this treasure trove.

  • Claire

    Love this post. The pictures are really wonderful, thanks for posting them!

  • Levi Cash

    Almost all those people are dead. Dang……

  • faccaldo


  • freekykoolcat

    Kubrick had a natural talent for getting ” the shot.” These early photographs are an excellent example of his innate ability to capture so many different perpectives in a single picture. He brought that talent, and honed it, as a filmmaker who is unrivaled in bringing a cinematographic uniqueness to all of his works. In my opinion, his ¨ vision ΅ matures and expands in practically every film he shot. From the deeply personal, first person shots in “Paths of Glory” to the existentialism of “2001: A Space Odessy¨ and the deeply disturbing
    “A Clockwork Orange” Kubrick demonstrated a capacity to create a multi-faceted, panoramic vision that reveals something new and intriguing each time his work is viewed. It is indeed a gift to have the ability to create films that warrant multiple viewings, Kubrick had that gift and our civilization and culture are infinitly better because of it.

  • LesB

    A characteristic of Kubrics films is that each scene is finely crafted, a work of art in itself. It seems that this photography work was a training ground in his to becoming the great director that he was.

  • Sara

    Amazing! Sara

  • Phyllis Foster

    Incredible perspectives! More! More!!

  • Ken Strain

    Love these photos. I didn’t know this about Kubrik’s early days.

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