Stanley Kubrick - Photographer?

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by Justified_Sinner, Jun 16, 2012.

  1. Justified_Sinner

    Justified_Sinner Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 11, 2010
    Scotland, UK
    Real Name:
    Dauvit Alexander
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  2. zpuskas

    zpuskas Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 25, 2011
    Santa Barbara, CA
    Nice work by Kubrick, thanks for sharing.
    I also enjoyed the "Vintage Mugshots of the 1920"
  3. RSilva

    RSilva Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 24, 2011
    Those photos have the unique and amazing signature of a Rolleiflex TLR, the best camera ever made, am I wrong?
    In Kubrick's Dr Strangelove somebody mentions the Japanese photo cameras and how great they are, the guy loved photography.
  4. eltictac

    eltictac Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 12, 2012
    You can see the camera he uses in the mirror self portrait. Some kind of rangefinder maybe?
  5. AlexH

    AlexH Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 27, 2012
    Arkansas, U.S.
    Nice images. He certainly had an eye for cameras, whether they be motion picture cameras or still photography cameras. Fine artist!
  6. RSilva

    RSilva Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 24, 2011
    Most of those photos are made with a MF 6x6 camera. The look reminds me the tessar lens of my rolleiflex T.
  7. Kismet

    Kismet New to Mu-43

    That's a Leica iii in the photograph and that is what he usually used. I don't know what camera he used for the 6x6 shots.

    Actually, I just googled it...he did use a Rollei for the medium format shots...
  8. redington

    redington Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 28, 2012
    Stunning. There is a movie in each of those shots.
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  9. gsciorio

    gsciorio Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 29, 2011
    Miami, FL
    A great film of his to watch is Barry Lyndon which was shot with only available light. Of his lenses he used a F/.95 lens that was made for NASA in a scene that was lit by a wall of candles. The bokeh of the candles flickering is so beautiful, like a sea of orange.

    I believe Barry Lyndon was also his first film to have a zoom on set. I think of all his films, Lyndon is the most appealing to a still photographer.
  10. s0nus

    s0nus Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 13, 2010
    SPOT. ON.

    I found myself drawn to these images, imagining the story behind the scene.

    These photos are cinematic.
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  11. Justified_Sinner

    Justified_Sinner Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 11, 2010
    Scotland, UK
    Real Name:
    Dauvit Alexander
    It was a custom-made f0.7 lens he used!
    You are right about the zoom.
    There is a fair amount about this film here:


    Also here, but there are spoilers:

    Barry Lyndon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The film is WELL worth seeing. It is not, perhaps, what you expect of a Kubrick film. Also worth seeing is his first proper film "Killer's Kiss". Like so many of his other films, it bridges that gap between still and motion photography: almost any single shot is so perfectly composed.
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  12. f6cvalkyrie

    f6cvalkyrie Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 12, 2010
    Brussels, Belgium
    If you are in Brussels, the capital of Europe, before June, 30th, you can enjoy a major exhibition of Kubrick's photographic work in the Fine Arts Museum


    I plan visiting the exhibition next weekend !

    c u
  13. Spuff

    Spuff Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 5, 2010
    Berkshire, UK.
    Great photos.

    Have you ever noticed the similarity between Kubrick and the author Salman Rushdie?:



    and the one time look of Peter Jackson: