Progressive, catalytic and sardonically reactive, since bursting onto the Hollywood periphery in 1953 with Fear and Desire, Stanley Kubrick's films have become synonymous with political parodising and a voracious fascination with the avant-garde. With this year marking the 50th anniversary of his notorious social satire, Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, it seems that Kubrick is the ubiquitous topic of the season.In a celebration of iconic cinematic spaces that coincides with the publication of Stanley Kubrick: New Perspectives, London's WORK Gallery delves into the meticulous creative procress behind three Kubrick classics, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Shining and Full Metal Jacket. His contribution to the film industry is undeniable. From his salacious protagonist in A Clockwork Orange, to Lolita's voyeuristic commentary on adolescence, Kubrick's genre is both disturbing and provocative.
Yet even before his directorial debut, Kubrick was experimenting with visual narrative. Working as a staff photographer for the New York magazine, Look, Kubrick compiled a candid archive of photographic reportage, in which he captured the harsh and mundane realities of the human condition. The complete anthology, Stanley Kubrick: Drama and Shadows, offers a glimpse into the early visual identity of Hollywood's notorious creative, and here AnOther presents a gallery of our favourite shots, taking in film stars, the circus and game watching crowds – a new side to a famously subversive icon.
Text by Abigail Gurney-Read