Stanley Kubrick, photographer


Kubrick with Rosemary Williams, Showgirl, 1949.

When I started Hammer & Code, my little black and white tumblr, I knew I had to source some images from VandM, who sell a great (and wallet-threatening) selection of photographs by a young, pre-cinema Stanley Kubrick. Working as a staff photographer for Look Magazine from 1945 to 1950, he captured the changing face of post-war America. These pictures contain the seed of what was to come – the carries through to his early films, such as the industrial and criminal underbelly of the city seen in The Killing and Killer's Kiss (particularly the rooftop chase and the scene in the mannequin factory).

More of this early work is available in the book Stanley Kubrick: Drama and Shadows, which is well worth getting your hands/eyes on (or, get two and cut one up and get those pics on your walls). Here's a few of my favourites:


Shoe Shine Boys (Pigeons), 1947.


The Hollywood, 1948.


Student at Columbia University, 1948.


Betsy Von Furstenberg, 1949.