Stanley Kubrick is best known for Hollywood blockbusters like 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, The Shining and Full Metal Jacket. But before he was a film director, he was a photographer.
Kubrick’s career began as a photographer. His experience began in college for a school publication. Things began to take off for him when his photographs of Chicago were first published in Look magazine. Kubrick became a staff writer for the magazine, where he told stories through photographs.
The collection below are the Look magazine photos preserved in the Library of Congress. They are now in the public domain. These are the first examples of Kubrick’s professional work.
Among the photographic stories are a Chicago butcher, a lingerie model, traders on the Chicago Board of Trade, the city’s famous “El” elevated railroad tracks, a young school child, and an African American family as part of the Great Migration.