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1949 Chicago: A City Of Extremes Photographed By Stanley Kubrick

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People arriving at a Chicago theater 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.

 

Kuprick captures himself in a dressing room mirror with showgirl Rosemary Williams.

Stanley Kubrick captures himself in a dressing room mirror with showgirl Rosemary Williams.

We’ve previously showcased some of his work here.

Stanley Kubrick Look magazine 1949

Overhead view of the “L” elevated railway in Chicago

Stanley Kubrick Look magazine 1949

View from above of automobile and pedestrians on street below the “L” elevated railway in Chicago, Illinois

Stanley Kubrick Look magazine 1949

Steel worker standing in mill with smelter in the background, 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

Steel worker in mill as molten steel spills from vat, in Chicago, Illinois

Smelter in a steel mill, Chicago, Illinois

Chicago Board of Trade

Chicago Board of Trade

 

 

Stanley Kubrick Look magazine 1949

Men working the floor at the Chicago Board of trade

Men working the floor at the Chicago Board of Trade

Men working the floor at the Chicago Board of Trade

Stanley Kubrick Look magazine 1949

Lingerie model, wearing a girdle and strapless bra, smoking in an office; in the background a woman sits at a desk

Stanley Kubrick Look magazine 1949

 

 

A family enjoys a fine meal at the Pump Room.

A family enjoys a fine meal at the Pump Room.

Stanley Kubrick Look magazine 1949

Racks of meat in cold storage in a meat locker

Stanley Kubrick Look magazine 1949

Spectators at a wrestling match in Chicago

Watching Gorgeous George

Watching Gorgeous George

Stanley Kubrick Look magazine 1949

Gorgeous George

Stanley Kubrick Look Magazine 1949

Two men wrestling with a referee nearby

Gorgeous George and another man wrestling in Chicago

Stanley Kubrick Look magazine 1949

Fashion models

 

Stanley Kubrick Look Magazine 1949

African American mother and her four children in their tenement apartment

Stanley Kubrick, Look magazine 1949

oung boy, half-length portrait, seated at desk, in classroom in Chicago, Illinois

Stanley Kubrick 1949 Look Magazine

An African American woman and several children sitting on a bed in an apartment