Stanley Kubrick (1928–1999) is acclaimed as one of the most famous and important directors of the twentieth century. His ability to tell perfect filmic stories is legendary and has written his name into the annals of film history. Once queried about his work method, Kubrick gave the simply answer: “Well, I never shoot anything I don’t want.” Self-will and independence characterise his work and explain the continuing success of his films, among them 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange and Eyes Wide Shut. The exhibition „Eyes Wide Open - Stanley Kubrick as Photographer“ opens up a hitherto little known chapter in his career: between 1945 and 1950, the American magazine Look published a series of photo reports giving Kubrick the opportunity to develop a fully autonomous narrative technique and handle parameters such as composition, atmosphere and timing. As later in his films, Kubrick tends to portray out-of-the-ordinary, often lonely human fates: he accompanies the boxer Rocky Graziano to a fight, observes shoe-shine boys on the streets of New York, and visits Betsy von Fürstenberg, an aspiring young actress from the avenues of “high society”. With this show, the Bank Austria Kunstforum Wien is presenting for the first time in Austria Kubrick’s early photography, which is deemed to be the germ cell of his later filmic aesthetics. All images courtesy: BA-CA Kunstform Wien.
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