Stanley Kubrick’s 1946 Subway Photography for Look Magazine

In 1946 Stanley Kubrick was a staff photographer for Look Magazine. He was tasked with capturing candid life and love in New York City aboard the subways. As you can see, not too much has changed in the past 60+ years save for the attire (which is swinging back towards this classic look) and the lack of ipods and ipads. We’d like to give a special thanks to the The Museum of The City of New York‘s blog for these photos. Take an intimate look at life in Gotham in the 1940s.














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  • Enzo Scavone

    Lovely! …and I noticed that back then the subway was already full of ads.

    • James Scully

      Yah! I’m one of those people who actually likes the additional ad campaigns running in stations like Broadway-Lafayette on the B/D/F/M

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  • erichatch

    You’re right, plus ca change plus ca c’est la meme chose. Kubrick did a heck of a job at managing his light in these shots.

  • ColoradoTruthTeller

    I grew up in NYC, so I have to ask – Regarding sk_2: Were the subways built filthy to save time? Great set from the late master, Kubrick.