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Before Stanley Kubrick became famous for directing movies such as Eyes Wide Shut and A Clockwork Orange he was a photographer for Look magazine.In 1949, when Kubrick was about 21, Look sent him to Illinois to do a photo-essay titled, “Chicago, City of Contrasts.” He also shot an extensive portfolio of shots of ordinary life in New York.
One recurring theme emerges from the portfolio, which is now archived in the Library of Congress: Kubrick liked women.
Especially showgirls, performers and any other female who lived comfortably in front of a lens.
This is Kubrick’s collection of gorgeous black-and-white prints of models, dancers and entertainers, taken in the late 1940s.
As a young man before he became a director, Kubrick was bewitched by performers and shows. This was taken in Chicago in 1948.
And the show didn't have to be that good: This is bodybuilder Gene Jantzen and his wife Pat with their 11-month-old, Kent.
That's a rollerskating chimpanzee, probably at the Palisades amusement park in New Jersey, long since demolished.
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