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Kubrick’s Early Photos

Stanley Kubrick is known as the great director of some of the most important films of the twentieth century. Without a doubt, he has been one of the most influential and inspiring figures, not only with regards to the cinema, but twentieth century arts in general. His film aesthetic was marked by the revolutionary concepts of the German theatre developed by Bertolt Brecht. Brecht´s epic theatre which promoted the idea that theatre is a representation of reality on a stage, and always should maintain its artificial and groundbreaking nature, to encourage a critical eye in the audience. Kubrick´s work is now seen as a turning point in the history of celluloid.


What few people know is that his first foray into the world of art began with a series of assignments from LOOK magazine when he was just 17 years old. The young Kubrick took his camera, and set forth to portray post-war American life in a comic mode, and produced a visual narrative. In these photographs the broad strokes of his cinematic language are already visible: his humour, obsession with the dark and focus on things that are easily overlooked.

This marks the first time these photographs have been shown as part of a museum exhibition. Regione Pallazzo in Milan houses the exhibition, which opened on the 16th of April and will be open until the 4th of July. The exhibition is divided into narrative sections composed of the photos Kubrick shot for the magazine. It is impressive to see incredible sensitivity and maturity that the young director already possessed, and above all, his ability to capture the psychological profile of his sitters. Of course it was this genius perspective that caught the attention of Look magazine editors, when they first found a picture by the young Kubrick what led them to hire him as a photojournalist.

Don’t miss this historic first chance to see another creative side of this modern artistic genius. Rent apartments in Milan, immerse yourself in the perspective of this amazing director, and see some of his first shots!