Seen earlier at the Palazzo della Ragione in Milan, this show features 300 photos, many of which are unpublished and printed from the original negatives, taken by Stanley Kubrick from 1945 up to 1950 when, aged 17, was hired by the American magazine Look.
Alongside with chess, photography is revealed as one of Kubrick’s main passions, activity inherited from his father and that he started as a teenager and terminated after only five years.
The Look Method, which took the form of a narrative by episodes, did not meet with the approval of leading contemporary photojournalists. The Magazine’s owners wanted a constant follow-up of the characters portrayed in every action. This intruding style was fascinating for Kubrick who loved to build up a story starting from those images. In order to obtain a natural posture, Kubrick would remain unseen hiding his camera’s wire below his jacket and pushing the shutter using a device hidden in his hand.
In the indoor shootings, he would try to use natural light as much as possible working on the exposure time and on the diaphragm opening time.
The exhibition is divided in two parts.
The first one (with 7 sections) is introduced by Icone, in which the symbolic images of the stories framed by the artist are presented.
Portugal – a post-war trip made by two Americans.
Crimes – the arrest of two criminals, portraying the policemen activity, their strategy and their tricks in order to make the arrest.
Betsy Furstenberg – a section entirely dedicated to the woman who was one of New York’s most popular artist of those years, opposed to the young “shoe shine” standing on the street corners.
Columbia University and Campus Mooseheart, Illinois – the two final sections. The first site being where the American élite was being formed; the second one being a war orphanage that will form America’s future middle class.
The second part focuses on Montgomery Clift in his house and Rocky Graziano in the private and public appearances of this modern hero. New Orleans Dixieland musicians’ epic is then portrayed at the end of this section.
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