From 1937 to 1971 Look magazine was a bi-weekly publication, a "general
interest” publication that along with its main competitor, Life magazine, were the upscale forerunners
of all the supermarket tabloids.. Both mainly consisted of pictorial essays on
sundry subjects; politics, sports, entertainment, news of the day, even
up-close-and-personal celebrity featurettes.
In 1945, a 17-year old high school student
from the Bronx, Stanley Kubrick, sold his first photograph to Look. It's subject was a dejected
newsstand operator sitting amidst newspapers announcing the death of F.D.R..
For all of its candid appearance, the young Mr. Kubrick gave the news seller
direction to "look sadder." A star was born.
From then into 1950 Stanley Kubrick was a
staff photographer for Look. His
assignments were generally to go out in the streets and take photographs that
fit a particular essay a staff writer would pen. He also took many other
photographs on his own that captured the sights, sounds and feeling of his home
Collected here at The Museum of the City of
New York and displayed for the first time are a series of more than 120
photographs taken by young Kubrick and culled from the Museum's Look Magazine archive, an unparalleled
collection that includes 129 photography assignments and more than 12,000
negatives from his five years as a staff photographer.
The exhibition is divided into four themes: Looking.
Visual Style. Working the System. Media Savvy.
Each takes the viewer through the stages of
Kubrick's photojournalistic career that eventually lead one to two clips of
Kubrick's earliest films: "The Day of the Fight" and "Killer's
From assignments such as "Teacher puts
the Ham in Hamlet" to "How a Monkey Looks to People... ...And How
People Look to a Monkey" through profiles of celebrities diverse as
Leonard Bernstein, Rocky Graziano, Diane Von Furstenberg and Montgomery Clift
fans of his film oeuvre can see the Master's eye develop.
The exhibition runs thorough October 28, 2018
and is accompanied by a Taschen published catalog that until June 10th is for
sale only at The Museum of the Moving Image.Cinema Retro was invited to a preview showing of the exhibition and highly recommends a visit to the Museum to see this extraordinary collection.