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Eyes Wide Open: Profoundly intimate photographs from a young Stanley Kubrick

Long before he became a renowned filmmaker, Stanley Kubrick was a wunderkind of photography. In 1945, at the age of 17, he started shooting photo essays for <i>Look</i>, one of America's highest-circulation general interest magazines. Over five years he completed more than 300 assignments, resulting in around 27,000 photographs.<!-- -->
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</br>"Kubrick never separated the mediums of photography and film making," says Lisa Ortner-Kreil, curator of the photo exhibition <a href='http://www.kunstforumwien.at/en/exhibition/kunstforum/207/eyes-wide-open' target='_blank'>"Eyes Wide Open: Stanley Kubrick as Photographer"</a>, which runs at the Bank Austria Kunstforum in Vienna until July 13. "He always thought of himself as an image developer and didn't mind whether he had a photo camera or a film camera in front of him."<!-- -->
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</br>This image comes from an unpublished series on the showgirl Rosemary Williams. "You see that he as the photographer is insulating himself," Ortner-Kreil says. "He's wearing a suit and is very serious. He's holding his camera here in order to have eye contact with his model. It's in the second half of the 1940s, so the photographer was still considered a craftsman and not an artist, but he makes it clear in this photo that he is in control. It's a strong statement in regard to his own identity as an artist."<!-- -->
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</br>Interview by <a href='http://twitter.com/willyleeadams' target='_blank'>William Lee Adams</a>

Long before he became a renowned filmmaker, Stanley Kubrick was a wunderkind of photography. In 1945, at the age of 17, he started shooting photo essays for Look, one of America's highest-circulation general interest magazines. Over five years he completed more than 300 assignments, resulting in around 27,000 photographs.

"Kubrick never separated the mediums of photography and film making," says Lisa Ortner-Kreil, curator of the photo exhibition "Eyes Wide Open: Stanley Kubrick as Photographer", which runs at the Bank Austria Kunstforum in Vienna until July 13. "He always thought of himself as an image developer and didn't mind whether he had a photo camera or a film camera in front of him."

This image comes from an unpublished series on the showgirl Rosemary Williams. "You see that he as the photographer is insulating himself," Ortner-Kreil says. "He's wearing a suit and is very serious. He's holding his camera here in order to have eye contact with his model. It's in the second half of the 1940s, so the photographer was still considered a craftsman and not an artist, but he makes it clear in this photo that he is in control. It's a strong statement in regard to his own identity as an artist."

Interview by William Lee Adams