Stanley Kubrick’s Photos of New York in the 40s

Kubrick’s special skill behind the camera and his ability to create visual intrigue were evident long before he was a Hollywood icon.

Even at the age of 17, Kubrick was an immense talent. In 1945, for $25, he sold a photograph to Look magazine of a broken-hearted newsvendor reacting to the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. A few months later Kubrick joined Look’s staff to become the youngest staff photographer in the magazine’s history. He continued to work for Look until 1950 when he left to pursue filmmaking.

Images in this collection show the drama—both human and artistic—that infuse Kubrick’s work.