-Have you got permission?
-I’m from Look.
-Yeah, sonny. And I’m the society editor of the Daily Worker.
This is just a short dialogue between Stanley Kubrick and a guard of the New York subway back in 1946. The acquainted director was 18 years old and he would shoot the everyday life of the subway of the Big Apple for the Look magazine. By applying only natural lightiing in order to convey the aura of the most popular means of transportation of New York, the young by then photographer, had to deal with many difficulties. Passers-by would be skeptical against the unknown photographer, the movement of the trains would make him lose his balance.
“I think aesthetically recording spontaneous action, rather than carefully posing a picture, is the most valid and expressive use of photography”.
Kubrick had been shooting for Look from 1940 to 1945, while he is the photographer, whose work has been published the most in the pages of the magazine.
*All photos courtesy og the Museum of the City of New York.