Stanley Kubrick’s Dramatic Photos of 1940s New York City

As we previously mentioned, before he became famous for directing films like A Clockwork Orange, Lolita, and Dr. Strangelove, Stanley Kubrick was a poor kid from the Bronx who worked as a photojournalist for Look magazine. (He was their youngest staff photographer on record.) Kubrick’s striking black and white images of 1940s New York City — which were often shot on the sly, his camera concealed in a paper bag with a hole in it — hint at the dark beauty and psychological drama of his later creative output. Now, VandM is making 25 select prints from the nearly 10,000 photos that he took as a young man available for purchase for the first time. Click through to preview some of his early work, and head here to buy a limited-edition print, with the majority of the proceeds going to the Museum of the City of New York.

Photo credit: Stanley Kubrick. Courtesy of Museum of the City of New York