Admission with Museum Card

Through a Different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photographs

, Helsinki

  • 30.4.2021–29.8.2021

Years as a photo journalist prepared Stanley Kubrick for his career as a film director.


Stanley Kubrick (1928–1999) worked as a photojournalist for Look magazine years before he became known as a filmmaker and the director of such classics as Dr. Strangelove (1964), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), and A Clockwork Orange (1971).

Kubrick was born in 1928 in New York City and raised in the borough of The Bronx. As a young adult, he was less interested in formal education than in lessons learned in the real world. As a teenager with a photographic sensibility, Kubrick was already scouting human-interest stories for Look. For a budding photographer like Kubrick, there was no better place to be at the time than New York City, home to Life and Look, Americas two leading pictorial magazines. Looks Manhattan office became his college, its editors and his fellow photographers his professors, and New York City his field of study. Kubrick worked at the magazine for five years (1945–1950), during which he participated in the process of making art in a collaborative setting not unlike that of the film studios he would soon enter.

Kubricks photographs for Look generally accorded with the magazines populist perspective, which was attuned to postwar American themes such as consumerism, entertainment, science, and the family. Sometimes, however, he deviated from its mainstream approach, indulging his idiosyncratic taste for the eccentric and offbeat. Kubricks photography laid the technical and aesthetic foundations for his cinematography: it was through the lens of the photographic camera that he learned to be an acute observer of human interactions and to tell stories through images arranged into dynamic narrative sequences. His years at Look proved to be a basis for his subsequent career as a celebrated filmmakera formative period when he honed his skills as both a storyteller and a crafter of images, albeit through a different lens.

Through a Different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photographs was organized in collaboration with the Museum of the City of New York and the SK Film Archives LLC.

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