Stanley Kubrick's Snapshots of the 1946 New York City Subway


In 1946, famed director Stanley Kubrick (The Shining, Lolita, A Clockwork Orange, 2001) was a staff photographer for LOOK Magazine. At the Museum of the City of New York’s blog, we discovered some photos Kubrick took while on an assignment to document the commuters on the New York City subway system, taking surreptitious pictures of its passengers, who by all appearances, seem to have been doing much the same things you see on the subway today — flirting, reading the paper, and invading each other’s space. Click through to see the 1940’s subway through Kubrick’s discerning eyes, and then head over to the online collection of the Museum of the City of New York, which houses over 7200 photographs taken by Kubrick in New York City.