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.


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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 3 weeks ago

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

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#2 Student At Columbia University, 1948

Student At Columbia University, 1948

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PyroarRanger 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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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#5 Couple, 1940

Couple, 1940

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Hope Floats 3 weeks ago

" Your secret love's no secret..Anymore". ( As Doris Day once sang..)

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#6 High Wire Act, 1948

High Wire Act, 1948

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Tillie Martinussen 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

Not just dogs......Afghan Hounds👍

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#10 People On Escalators In A Subway Station, 1940

People On Escalators In A Subway Station, 1940

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BobbyK 3 weeks ago

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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