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Stanley Kubrick's Incredible Shots Of 1940s NYC

While most memories of Stanley Kubrick may dwell on his career as one of history's greatest filmmakers, earning his legacy with masterpieces like The Shining and 2001: A Space Odyssey, his talented eye was evident long before he stepped behind a movie camera. In 1945, at the ripe age of 17, he sold a photograph to Look magazine, who loved what he was doing so much they hired him outright, making him the publication's youngest staff photographer ever. We uncovered a few of our favorites from the archives.

Shoe shine boys heading to work. Snapping candid shots on the streets regularly brought him around these hard working kids.

No this isn't a fixie-riding Williamsburg hipster in 50 years. He's an old-school circus sideshow performer, a group of people Kubrick fixated on.

Legendary radio personality Johnny Grant caught in the act. He later became the unofficial mayor of Hollywood, helping induct over 500 celebrities into the Walk of Fame.

Broadway star Betsy Von Furstenburg memorizing her lines.

Boxer Walter Cartier, whom Kubrick actually cast — alongside his twin brother — in his first film, Day of the Fight.

And while the attention he paid to working kids, circus folk, and aspiring celebs and ingenues makes for some inarguably wonderful glimpses into the past, much of the truly fascinating stuff deals with regular folks in their day-to-day.

A patient zoning out in the dentist's waiting room.

This Columbia student was doing some dangerously aggressive studying.

Whatcha doing buddy?

And let it be known: he had the selfie game on lock early on.


Joe McGauley is a senior editor at Supercompressor and still a Dr. Strangelove superfan.

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