Donald Albrecht

Through a Different Lens:
Stanley Kubrick Photographs

Museum of the City of New York

International tour launched in 2019 in Los Angeles, followed by Switzerland and Portugal.

Co-curated with Sean Corcoran.

Stanley Kubrick was just 17 years old when he sold his first photograph to the pictorial magazine Look in 1945. In his photographs, many unpublished, Kubrick trained his camera on his native city, drawing inspiration from the nightclubs, street scenes, and sporting events that made up his first assignments, and capturing the pathos of ordinary life with a sophistication that belied his young age. Through a Different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photographs featured some 130 photographs by Kubrick from the Museum’s Look Magazine archive, an unparalleled collection that includes 129 photography assignments and more than 12,000 negatives from his five years as a staff photographer. For any fan of Kubrick’s films, the exhibition explored a formative phase in the career of one of the 20th century’s most renowned motion picture directors. Accompanied by a 328-page book.

Working with co-curator Sean Corcoran, Mr. Albrecht conceived the idea for the show and developed its themes, selected all photographs, wrote exhibition text, and worked with the design team.

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Coverage in numerous international print and digital sources, including the New York Times, New York Post, Washington Post, Independent (UK), and L’Oeil de la Photographie (France)

Through a Different Lens is an extraordinary chronicle of Kubrick’s evolving aesthetic…” Dante A. Ciampaglia, Daily Beast, May 9, 2018

Exhibition and graphic designer: Marissa Martonyi
Book design: Pure+Applied
Photographer: Brad Farwell and Filip Wolak (first image)

Donald Albrecht