Stanley Kubrick’s Photos Of New York In The 1940s Show His Incredible Talent When He Was Just 17

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)

People on escalators in a subway station, 1940, New York

1940, New York

1940, New York

Shoe Shine Boy, 1940, New York

Shoe Shine Boy, 1940, New York

Circus Side Show Performer, 1948, New York

Young Girl at Palisades Amusement Park, 1946, New York

Couple playing footsies on a subway, 1946, New York

Changing the Tire, 1946, New York

Shoe Shine Boys (Vendor), 1947,New York

Shoe Shine Boys (On Fence), 1947, New York

Shoe Shine Boy, 1940, New York

1940, New York

1940, New York

High Wire Act, 1948, New York

Self portrait with showgirl Rosemary Williams, 1948, New York

Film Crew, 1947, New York

Circus Woman With Rollerskating Monkey, 1948, New York

Shoe Shine Boys, 1947, New York

General Dwight D. Eisenhower at Columbia University, 1948, New York

Mens Fashion Show, 1948, New York

Police Athletic League Boxing, 1946, New York

Girl with Dolls, 1947, New York

Boxer Walter Cartier, 1948, New York

Showgirls at the Copacabana Club, 1948, New York

Laboratory at Columbia University, 1948, New York

Johnny Grant, 1946, New York

Man carrying flowers on a crowded subway, 1946, New York

Women in a subway car, 1946, New York

Woman waiting on a subway platform, 1946, New York

Men sleeping in a subway car, 1946, New York

Passengers in a subway car, 1946, New York

Passengers reading in a subway car, 1946, New York

Passengers in a subway car, 1946, New York

Walking the Streets of New York, 1946, New York

Shoe Shine Boy, 1940, New York

Johnny on the Spot, 1946, New York

Passengers in a subway car, 1946, New York

Woman knitting on a subway, 1946, New York

Passengers in a subway car, 1946, New York

Passengers in a subway car, 1946, New York

Waiting at the Dentistu2019s Office, New York

Student at Columbia University, 1948, New York

Betsy Von Furstenberg, 1949, New York

Rosemary playing cards in the dressing room

People browsing through magazine racks at a busy sidewalk newsstand, 1947, New York

Walter Cartier drinking a beverage, 1948, New York

Rosemary Williams at a restaurant with two men

Guy Lombardo on a dock, 1947-1948, New York

Rocky Graziano with two men by a sign for the Middleweight Championship fight between Tony Zale and Marcel Cerdan

at an outdoor cafe with a woman, 1948, New York

Shoe Shine Boy, Portrait of Mickey, 1947

Man exiting train, 1948

Rocky Graziano talking to a policeman on a street

Rocky Graziano talking to a policeman on a street

Women walking near the train, 1948

Woman on the train platform, 1948

Men with German Shepherd on a dock, 1949

Man studying in a library, 1948, Columbia University

Doorman walking dog

Dogs in a convertible

Students drawing a nude model in an art class, 1948, Columbia University

Man by a garbage can

Image credits: Stanley Kubrick

Woman watching model being painted for the billboard

Image credits: Stanley Kubrick

Audience waiting in line to get into a recording of “Grand Slam”

Image credits: Stanley Kubrick

Painter tying rope around the model’s waist, 1947

Image credits: Stanley Kubrick

Couple Sleeping In A Subway Car, 1940s

Image credits: Stanley Kubrick

Couple In A Subway Car, 1940s

Image credits: Stanley Kubrick

Man Carrying Flowers On A Crowded Subway, 1946

Image credits: Stanley Kubrick

Passengers In A Subway Car, 1940s

Image credits: Stanley Kubrick

Woman Waiting On A Subway Platform, 1940s

Image credits: Stanley Kubrick

Men Sleeping In A Subway Car, 1946

Image credits: Stanley Kubrick

Passengers In A Subway Car, 1940s

Image credits: Stanley Kubrick

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