Stanley Kubrick's 1949 Chicago Photo Essay

Posted by David Ozanich — 2 May 2011


Now here's a bit of film history I didn't know. Legendary director Stanley Kubrick ("Dr. Strangelove," "2001," "The Shining") got his start as a photojournalist for Look magazine. In 1949 they sent him on assignment to the Windy City to photograph "Chicago City of Contrast." Flavorwire uncovered the photographs, all of which you can see here.

Many of the photos have the eerily stylized formality that became his cinematic trademark. Below is his self-portrait.





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