Before Stanley Kubrick directed arguably some of the best movies ever made like "2001: Space Odyssey" or "The Shining," he was a simple teenager in New York looking for a job. But even then, when the 17-year-old got his hands on a photo camera, he couldn't hide the talent within.

Bored Panda has gathered a collection of his photos of New York from 1945 to 1950, when he was working in the Look magazine. During that time Stanley got many insights into what makes a photograph work: "I think aesthetically recording spontaneous action, rather than carefully posing a picture, is the most valid and expressive use of photography."

He quickly made a name for himself by telling stories through photos, which eventually led him to moving pictures and his place in the filmmakers' hall of fame.

Oh, and if you're into street photography as well, let Stanley himself give you a tip: "Think up ideas for stories, go out and shoot them, and then send them into the magazines. I was lucky; I figured that out when I was young."

(h/t: vintage everyday)

#1

Walking The Streets Of New York, 1946

Walking The Streets Of New York, 1946

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John L
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It seems clear to me, that by seventeen, Mr. Kubrick was fully aware of the important things in life. ;D

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Student At Columbia University, 1948

Student At Columbia University, 1948

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PyroarRanger
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wow! Amazing! The picture and girl is amazing! Also I would probably fall on the first step.

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#3

Girl With A Lipstick, 1940

Girl With A Lipstick, 1940

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John L
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

While learning to walk, how many times did you fall? Did you give up and hate walking? Tennyson-5...f351a0.jpg Tennyson-59a99d6f351a0.jpg

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#4

Couple Sleeping In A Subway Car, 1940s

Couple Sleeping In A Subway Car, 1940s

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Couple, 1940

Couple, 1940

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David Allen
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Their faces are so similar they could almost be siblings.

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#6

High Wire Act, 1948

High Wire Act, 1948

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Tillie Martinussen
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Great shot! He really had an eye for angles! Wow! Done with only the equipment ready by then. Wow!

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#7

Shoe Shine Boy, 1940

Shoe Shine Boy, 1940

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Andi
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I like that Mickey has his name on his shoeshine box

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#8

Dogs In A Convertible, 1949

Dogs In A Convertible, 1949

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Kat O'Day
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Not just dogs......Afghan Hounds👍

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#9

Self Portrait With Showgirl Rosemary Williams, 1948

Self Portrait With Showgirl Rosemary Williams, 1948

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People On Escalators In A Subway Station, 1940

People On Escalators In A Subway Station, 1940

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BobbyK
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I actually did this same series for my photo class in 1970. The escalator is the Lexington Ave.-53rd St E/F train

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#11

Young Girl At Palisades Amusement Park, 1946

Young Girl At Palisades Amusement Park, 1946

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Jacqui Wilson
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'd love to know if these people are still around and are aware that they're now being looked at by complete strangers in a completely different world to the one they were depicted in.

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#12

Laboratory At Columbia University, 1948

Laboratory At Columbia University, 1948

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#13

Couple Playing Footsies On A Subway, 1946

Couple Playing Footsies On A Subway, 1946

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John L
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"If you think that feels good, I may just rub another leg when we get home." hint, hint.

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#14

Shoe Shine Boy, 1940

Shoe Shine Boy, 1940

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John L
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Mickey's getting a head start with the "New York Hustle". He's got a good future ahead. :D

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#15

Betsy Von Furstenberg, 1949

Betsy Von Furstenberg, 1949

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Roisin Carey
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He really captured her. I'm wondering what she's reading and imagining her personality.

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#16

Girl With Dolls, 1947

Girl With Dolls, 1947

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John L
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Please don't take my baby away. :(

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#17

Students Drawing A Nude Model In An Art Class, 1948, Columbia University

Students Drawing A Nude Model In An Art Class, 1948, Columbia University

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Flora Polvado
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Drawing a nude, one of the least sexy things you could ever do. It can be amazingly difficult

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#18

Circus Side Show Performer, 1948

Circus Side Show Performer, 1948

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John L
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

To those with assets worth putting on display. Gravity may be the weakest known force in the universe, but it is constant, and never quits tugging down on them. Just a thought to consider. ;D

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#19

Shoe Shine Boys (On Fence), 1947

Shoe Shine Boys (On Fence), 1947

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Tillie Martinussen
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He found the people that others overlooked. I love his shoeshine boys.

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#20

Changing The Tire, 1946

Changing The Tire, 1946

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#21

Showgirls At The Copacabana Club, 1948

Showgirls At The Copacabana Club, 1948

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#22

Shoe Shine Boy, Portrait Of Mickey, 1947

Shoe Shine Boy, Portrait Of Mickey, 1947

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John L
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He uses Mickey an awful lot in his photographs. I wonder if he and Mickey continue along the same path in life?

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#23

Men Sleeping In A Subway Car, 1946

Men Sleeping In A Subway Car, 1946

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#24

Police Athletic League Boxing, 1946

Police Athletic League Boxing, 1946

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Ed Loftus
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Even staged, the idea is amazing and largely successful. The light brick, black ropes, and overall composition are amazing . He knew what he wanted and clearly got it.

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#25

Passengers In A Subway Car, 1940s

Passengers In A Subway Car, 1940s

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Tillie Martinussen
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He had quite the eye for everyday hustle and bustle of life. Awesome. Used photography to new stuff early in, not just portraits and "pretty stuff", but reality! Coooool

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#27

Rosemary Williams At A Restaurant With Two Men

Rosemary Williams At A Restaurant With Two Men

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#28

Doorman Walking Dog, 1949

Doorman Walking Dog, 1949

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#30

Women In A Subway Car, 1946

Women In A Subway Car, 1946

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#31

Shoe Shine Boys (Vendor), 1947

Shoe Shine Boys (Vendor), 1947

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John L
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Trickle Down at work. Mickey and another of his fellow shoe shiners, spends some of their profits with another self-employed businessman.

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#32

Girls, 1940

Girls, 1940

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John L
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well dressed and moving with purpose past the theatre. :D

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#33

Passengers In A Subway Car, 1940s

Passengers In A Subway Car, 1940s

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Man Carrying Flowers On A Crowded Subway, 1946

Man Carrying Flowers On A Crowded Subway, 1946

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Edson Resendiz
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The little girl is the main subject on this pocture, nit the man carrying flowers

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#35

Passengers Reading In A Subway Car, 1946

Passengers Reading In A Subway Car, 1946

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Pepper Ana
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why isn't there a gentleman giving up his seat for the ladies? Isn't this the era for that?

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#36

Waiting At The Dentist’s Office

Waiting At The Dentist’s Office

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Tread Head
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

One of the most feared people in the professional world is without a doubt the dentist. It's one thing that never seems to change. :D

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#37

Painter Tying Rope Around The Model's Waist, 1947

Painter Tying Rope Around The Model's Waist, 1947

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#38

Shoe Shine Boy, 1940

Shoe Shine Boy, 1940

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John L
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I've got more than nine pounds here....................

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#39

Film Crew, 1947

Film Crew, 1947

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Kevin Perry
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They are filming Fred Trump kicked the blacks out of "his" housing.

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#40

Guy Lombardo On A Dock, 1947-1948

Guy Lombardo On A Dock, 1947-1948

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John L
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thinking about that new tune and how to make it a hit. :D

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#41

Woman Watching Model Being Painted For The Billboard, 1947

Woman Watching Model Being Painted For The Billboard, 1947

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John L
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

For some reason, allergies always affect the nose first. You wait until you think nobody is watching and....................DAMN, caught again! :(

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#42

Woman Waiting On A Subway Platform, 1940s

Woman Waiting On A Subway Platform, 1940s

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#44

Man Studying In A Library, 1948, Columbia University

Man Studying In A Library, 1948, Columbia University

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Sandy Wyman
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

wonder if the shoe shine guy went to Columbia?

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#45

Woman On The Train Platform, 1948

Woman On The Train Platform, 1948

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#46

Men With German Shepherd On A Dock, 1949

Men With German Shepherd On A Dock, 1949

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#47

Woman Waiting On A Subway Platform, 1946

Woman Waiting On A Subway Platform, 1946

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Canadian Guy, eh
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Kubrick really was amazing with those long shots. I.e. Paths of Glory

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#48

At An Outdoor Cafe With A Woman, 1948

At An Outdoor Cafe With A Woman, 1948

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#49

Johnny Grant, 1946

Johnny Grant, 1946

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John L
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Even in radio broadcasting, he was always around lots of flesh, and even in his later years. :D

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#50

General Dwight D. Eisenhower At Columbia University, 1948

General Dwight D. Eisenhower At Columbia University, 1948

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John L
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Now, who is that guy? I remember him from somewhere. 🤔 😱 😊

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#51

Passengers In A Subway Car, 1946

Passengers In A Subway Car, 1946

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Passengers In A Subway Car, 1946

Passengers In A Subway Car, 1946

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#53

Girl With A Mirror, 1940

Girl With A Mirror, 1940

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Melanie Ramos
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This appears to be Betsy von Furstenberg again.

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#54

Audience Waiting In Line To Get Into A Recording Of "grand Slam"

Audience Waiting In Line To Get Into A Recording Of "grand Slam"

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#55

Mens Fashion Show, 1948

Mens Fashion Show, 1948

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Neeraj Jha
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You can't be more "Ramp" walking than this

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#56

Woman Knitting On A Subway, 1946

Woman Knitting On A Subway, 1946

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#57

Couple In A Subway Car, 1940s

Couple In A Subway Car, 1940s

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#58

Man By A Garbage Can

Man By A Garbage Can