Eyes Wide Open: The Photography Of Stanley Kubrick
Now through June 30, 2013, LACMA is hosting the first major retrospective in the United States of the work of Stanley Kubrick. The exhibition features annotated scripts, production photography, lenses, costumes, and props. Though Kubrick was best known as a director of iconic films like 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Shining and Barry Lyndon (a film shot entirely using natural light), he spent his early career as a photographer, and the exhibit features some of his photography from the 1940s, including photographs he took for Look magazine. Kubrick was actually the youngest staff photographer in the magazine’s history, getting the job just a few months after selling a photograph of a news vendor reacting to the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The photographs he made during the 1940s and 1950s, particularly in New York and Chicago, are fantastic and definitely set the stage for the career that would ultimately define him.