Check out Stanley Kubrick’s candid photos of 1940s New York City

A new book presents some 300 images from the filmmaker’s archives.


Adam Woodward


Long before he became a famous filmmaker, Stanley Kubrick was making a name for himself as a staff photographer for Look Magazine. During a five-year stint at the now defunct lifestyle title, beginning in 1945 when Kubrick was just 17, he captured everyday scenes in and around his native New York City, from sleeping couples on the Subway to a curb-side hotdog vendor to a day in the life of a debutant.

Now these candid photographic essays have been brought together for the first time in a new book, ‘Stanley Kubrick Photographs. Through a Different Lens’, published by Taschen. The book contains around 300 photos from the Look archives, including many previously unseen images as well as original magazine tear sheets.

It’s a rare and fascinating insight into the legendary director’s early career that reveals his already fully-formed humanist sensibility. Take an exclusive peek at a selection of photos below, and read more about the book at

Published 5 May 2018

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