Through a Different Lens

Stanley Kubrick Photographs

Taken in a mirror’s reflection, a woman uses a compact mirror to apply makeup, while photographer stands behind her watching

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Explore a formative phase in the career of one of the 20th century’s most renowned motion picture directors.

Stanley Kubrick was just 17 when he sold his first photograph to the pictorial magazine Look in 1945. In his photographs, many unpublished, Kubrick trained the camera on his native city, drawing inspiration from the nightclubs, street scenes, and sporting events that made up his first assignments, and capturing the pathos of ordinary life with a sophistication that belied his young age. Through a Different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photographs features more than 120 photographs by Kubrick 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. For any fan of Kubrick's films, the exhibition explores a formative phase in the career of one of the 20th century’s most renowned motion picture directors.

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Below you will find the Exhibition Brochure, as well as press coverage from multiple publications. Exhibition Requirements and Object List are available upon request.

Kubrick Prospectus
New York Post Press Coverage
Variety Press Coverage
AM NY Press Coverage
Daily Beast Press Coverage

Stanley Kubrick for "Look" Magazine. "Rosemary Williams, Show Girl," 1949. Courtesy of SK Film Archives/Museum of the City of New York.






Through a Different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photographs is made possible in part by Ann G. Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee, Nancy and Mitchell Steir, The Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation, The Andrew and Marina Lewin Foundation, The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Daryl Brown Uber/William E. Weiss Foundation, and George A. Kellner.

This exhibition is organized by the Museum of the City of New York in collaboration with SK Film Archives LLC.

In-Depth Stories

City Arts Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Riding the Subway with Stanley Kubrick

As most New Yorkers know, the subway system is the lifeline of New York City. In 1946, Stanley Kubrick set out to capture the story of New York City’s subway commuters.

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