1949 Chicago: A City Of Extremes Photographed By Stanley Kubrick
People arriving at a Chicago theater for show starring, in person, Jack Carson, Marion Hutton, and Robert Alda. Photo by Stanley Kubrick.
IN 1949, Stanley Kubrick who would later, of course, become one of the great movie directors, was working for Look magazine.
* The photos were accompanied by an essay by Chicago Sun-Times columnist Irv Kupcinet that dealt with social and economic contrasts that, in Kup’s view, defined the city at the time.
Kubrick’s photos included school children, a butcher in a meat locker, a family enjoying a meal the opulent Pump Room, a family living in the African-American slums on the South Side, showgirls and men working in the steel mills.
Many of the photos shown here weren’t published by the magazine at the time, but remain in the archives of the Library of Congress.
Stanley Kubrick captures himself in a dressing room mirror with showgirl Rosemary Williams.
We’ve previously showcased some of his work here.
Overhead view of the “L” elevated railway in Chicago
View from above of automobile and pedestrians on street below the “L” elevated railway in Chicago, Illinois
Steel worker standing in mill with smelter in the background, in Chicago, Illinois
Steel worker in mill as molten steel spills from vat, in Chicago, Illinois
Chicago Board of Trade
Men working the floor at the Chicago Board of trade
Men working the floor at the Chicago Board of Trade
Lingerie model, wearing a girdle and strapless bra, smoking in an office; in the background a woman sits at a desk
A family enjoys a fine meal at the Pump Room.
Racks of meat in cold storage in a meat locker
Spectators at a wrestling match in Chicago
Watching Gorgeous George
Two men wrestling with a referee nearby
African American mother and her four children in their tenement apartment
oung boy, half-length portrait, seated at desk, in classroom in Chicago, Illinois
An African American woman and several children sitting on a bed in an apartment