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Stanley Kubrick at Look Magazine

Authorship and Genre in Photojournalism and Film

From 1945 to 1950, during the formative years of his career, Stanley Kubrick worked as a photojournalist for Look magazine. Offering a comprehensive examination of the work he produced during this period—before going on to become one of America’s most celebrated filmmakers—Stanley Kubrick at "Look" Magazine sheds new light on the aesthetic and ideological factors that shaped his artistic voice.
Tracing the links between his photojournalism and films, Philippe Mather shows how working at Look fostered Kubrick’s emerging genius for combining images and words to tell a story. Mather then demonstrates how exploring these links enhances our understanding of Kubrick’s approach to narrative structure—as well as his distinctive combinations of such genres as fiction and documentary, and fantasy and realism.
Beautifully written and exhaustively researched, Stanley Kubrick at "Look" Magazine features never-before-published photographs from the Look archives and complete scans of Kubrick’s photo essays from hard-to-obtain back issues of the magazine. It will be an indispensable addition to the libraries of Kubrick scholars and fans.

304 pages | 126 halftones | 7 x 9

Art: Photography

Film Studies

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“A fascinating book.”

Mark Moran | PictureVille

“By exploring the images captured by the teenager standing behind the still photography lens, Stanley Kubrick at “Look” Magazine brings more into focus the creative decisions made by the filmmaker as an adult.”

Trevor Hogg | Flickering Myth

“Detailed and at times broad, it is fervently written and researched, and uncovers the sources of the ’Kubrickian worldview’ whose origins have seldom been studied, nor particularly established.”


Edward Frost | CineVue

Table of Contents

Part I: Authorship: A Sociology of Production
1 Psychosocial Context: A Formative Period. Stanley Kubrick at Look Magazine in the Lifespan
2 Macro-objective Analysis: Look Magazine’s Organizational Structure
3 Micro-objectivity: The Work Culture at Look Magazine
4 Macro-subjectivity: Look Magazine’s Conception of Photojournalism
5 Micro-subjectivity: Stanley Kubrick’s Conception of Photojournalism and Film
Part II: Genre: Contexts of Reception
6 Photojournalism Genres: A Semantic/Syntactic/Pragmatic Approach
7 Photography and Film: History, Ontology and Pragmatics
8 From Photojournalism to Film: Transmedial Correspondences in the Formal and Stylistic Systems
9 Photography in Film: Photographic and Documentary Aspects of Kubrick’s Films
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