- By Cynthia Lum
- Photo By Stanley Kubrick
Through a Different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photographs at the Skirball Cultural Center is an intriguing exhibition exploring the formative phase in the career of Stanley Kubrick, who became one of the twentieth century’s most influential figures in cinematic history.
With his uncanny photographic sensibility, the teen was already scouting human-interest stories for Look magazine and sold his first photograph to them when he was just 17. In his photographs, many unpublished, Kubrick trained the camera on his native city, drawing inspiration from the nightclubs, street scenes, and sporting events that made up his first assignments and capturing the pathos of ordinary life with a sophistication that belied his young age. He produced work that was far ahead of his time and focused on themes that would inspire him throughout his creative life.
Organized by the Museum of the City of New York, the photographs are drawn from its Look magazine archive, following the famed filmmaker as he developed his talent for storytelling and honed his visual style in Look assignments that offer a kaleidoscopic view of city life, from the gritty to the glamorous. In these images of celebrities and everyday people alike, Kubrick revealed the hundreds of human dramas unfolding at any moment.
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