As one of the world’s most respected film directors, screenwriters, producers, cinematographers and editors, it’s really no surprise that Stanley Kubrick was also quite the shutterbug. Well before creating mind-bending movies like A Clockwork Orange and Dr. Strangelove, Kubrick was shooting for New York’s (now defunct) LOOK magazine as a way to help make ends meet. His street photos, which are quite dramatic in subject and composition, give us a look into the mind of a young Kubrick, who at just 17 was already showing a talent for creating atmosphere with a lens.
Kubrick started out as an apprentice photographer for LOOK in 1946 and then shortly after was promoted to full-time staff photographer. During his stint at the magazine he became known for his story-telling in photographs. His residency lasted until 1950, and from there Kubrick went on to dabble in filmmaking.