Stanley Kubrick is one of the most influential directors in cinematic history. His mastery of the lens was apparent as early as 17 years old, as you can see in these candid photos of NYC.
From “2001: Space Odyssey” to “The Shining,” Stanley Kubrick’s legacy in cinema is assured. Kubrick is widely regarded as one of the most influential directors in cinema. But, before he was a cinematic trailblazer he was just like you me; a simple New Yorker trying to make his way in the world.
When he was a teenager, Kubrick worked at Look Magazine where he developed an eye for what worked on camera. You can certainly see the genesis of Kubrick’s signature composition and framing in these shots. What is remarkable is that these photos came from the hands of a 17-year-old. Be in no doubt that Kubrick was a genius, and enjoy NYC Through the Eyes of 17-Year-Old Stanley Kubrick:
Shoe Shine Boy, 1940
Girl With A Lipstick, 1940
People On Escalators In A Subway Station, 1940
Self Portrait With Showgirl Rosemary Williams, 1948
Student At Columbia University, 1948
Walking The Streets Of New York, 1946
High Wire Act, 1948
Couple Sleeping In A Subway Car, 1940
Dogs In A Convertible, 1949
Changing The Tire, 1946
Shoe Shine Boys (On Fence), 1947
Students Drawing A Nude Model In An Art Class, 1948, Columbia University