Stanley's Still Life: The young Kubrick's photographs before he became a critically acclaimed filmmaker

Stanley Kubrick, a partygoer wearing a Cubist headdress, from the 1949 article titled “Philadelphia’s First Beaux Arts Ball”. Copyright: © SK Film Archives/Museum of the City of New York

Did you know that in 1945, at just 17 years old, Stanley Kubrick became a staff photographer for Look magazine? His humanist slice-of-life images celebrate his native New York City and already reveal a burgeoning creative genius – all before he even became a critically acclaimed filmmaker, responsible for such iconic films as Dr Strangelove and The Shining.

Now you can see over 300 of these photographs, many previously unseen, as well as enjoy perusing rare Look magazine tear sheets, in a new book, Stanley Kubrick Photographs. Through a Different Lens, published by Taschen.

Coinciding with a major show at the Museum of the City of New York, it includes an introduction by noted photography critic Luc Sante and a fabulous range of stories and pictures revealing life in the Big Apple back in the 1940s – from everyday folk at the laundromat to a day in the life of a debutant, from a trip to the circus to Columbia University.

These still photographs attest to Kubrick’s innate talent for compelling storytelling, and serve as clear indicators of how this genius would soon transition to making some of the greatest movies of all time. You can buy the book at taschen.com. Meanwhile, Through a Different Lens. Stanley Kubrick Photographs will run until 28 October at Museum of the City of New York.

Stanley Kubrick, from “Life and Love on the New York City Subway,” 1947. Copyright: © SK Film Archives/Museum of the City of New York

Stanley Kubrick, from “Life and Love on the New York City Subway,” 1947. Copyright: © SK Film Archives/Museum of the City of New York

Stanley Kubrick, from “Shoeshine Boy,” 1947. Copyright: © SK Film Archives/Museum of the City of New York

Stanley Kubrick, from “Shoeshine Boy,” 1947. Copyright: © SK Film Archives/Museum of the City of New York

Stanley Kubrick, from “Rosemary Williams - Showgirl,” 1948. Copyright: © SK Film Archives/Museum of the City of New York

Stanley Kubrick, from “Rosemary Williams - Showgirl,” 1948. Copyright: © SK Film Archives/Museum of the City of New York

Stanley Kubrick, Stanley Kubrick with Faye Emerson from “Faye Emerson: Young Lady in a Hurry,” 1950. Copyright: © SK Film Archives/Museum of the City of New York

Stanley Kubrick, Stanley Kubrick with Faye Emerson from “Faye Emerson: Young Lady in a Hurry,” 1950. Copyright: © SK Film Archives/Museum of the City of New York

Stanley Kubrick, Betsy von Furstenberg with friends from “The Debutante Who Went to Work,” 1950. Copyright: © SK Film Archives/Museum of the City of New York

Stanley Kubrick, Betsy von Furstenberg with friends from “The Debutante Who Went to Work,” 1950. Copyright: © SK Film Archives/Museum of the City of New York