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Stanley Kubrick

Through a Different Lens Stanley Kubrick Photographs

See photographers WeegeeHenri Cartier-Bresson, and Diane Arbus.

Essay Words and Movies by Stanley Kubrick (Sight & Sound, vol.30 (1960/61), p.14.) via visual-memory.co.uk

“The perfect novel from which to make a movie is, I think, not the novel of action but, on the contrary, the novel which is mainly concerned with the inner life of its characters. It will give the adaptor an absolute compass bearing, as it were, on what a character is thinking or feeling at any given moment of the story. And from this he can invent action which will be an objective correlative of the book’s psychological content, will accurately dramatise this in an implicit, off-the-nose way without resorting to having the actors deliver literal statements of meaning.”

“I think that for a movie or a play to say anything really truthful about life, it has to do so very obliquely, so as to avoid all pat conclusions and neatly tied-up ideas”

The ideas have to be discovered by the audience, and their thrill in making the discovery makes those ideas all the more powerful. You use the audience’s thrill of surprise and discovery to reinforce your ideas, rather than reinforce them artificially through plot points or phoney drama or phoney stage dynamics put in to power them across.”

“Style is what an artist uses to fascinate the beholder in order to convey to him his feelings and emotions and thoughts. These are what have to be dramatised, not the style.”

“Often, at one point, the writer expects a silent look to get across what it would take a rebus puzzle to explain, and in the next moment the actor is given a long speech to convey something that is quite apparent in the situation and for which a brief look would be sufficient. Writers tend to approach the creation of drama too much in terms of words, failing to realise that the greatest force they have is the mood and feeling they can produce in the audience through the actor. They tend to see the actor grudgingly, as someone likely to ruin what they have written, rather than seeing that the actor is in every sense their medium.”

“a writer-director is really the perfect dramatic instrument; and the few examples we have where these two peculiar techniques have been properly mastered by one man have, I believe, produced the most consistently fine work.”

“Any art form properly practised involves a to and fro between conception and execution, the original intention being constantly modified as one tries to give it objective realisation. In painting a picture this goes on between the artist and his canvas; in making a movie it goes on between people.”


To Read:

Kubrick: Inside a Film Artist’s Maze by Thomas Allen Nelson

Capture the Moment

The Pulitzer Prize Photographs

Max Desfor

Korean war photos


In nine minutes it was all over. 1957. Sinking of the Andrea Doria. Harry A. Trask.

Carrying a brown stick to strike. 1961. Assassination of Asanuma. Yasushi Nagao.

The Knife was a threat-and I think he used it. 1965. Vietnam – Crime And Punishment. Horst Faas.

The door opened and I felt a cold chill. 1970. Racial protest at Cornell University. Steven Starr.

One of the most positive women I’d ever met. 1970. Migration in the Glades. Dallas Kinney.

Afterwards… the dreams and nightmares. 1971. Illinois State Schools for the Retarded. Jack Dykinga.

It’s better to stay… than to run away. 1972. Torture in Dacca. Horst Faas and Michel Laurent. (diagonal framing)

The loneliness and desolation of war. 1972. Vietnam – Lone U.S. Soldier. David Hume Kennedy.  (See lines)

Too hot, please help me! 1973. Vietnam – Terror of War. Huynh Cong (“Nick”) Ut.

When your mind and heart are there. 1975. Lull in the Battle. Gerald H. Gay. (see lines that cross)

Mr. Wilson, you are known to be tough. 1975. Washington lifestyle. Mathew Lewis. (diagonal line)

No place to take cover. 1977. Brutality in Bangkok. Neal Ulevich.

The numbing transition from life to death. 1980. Justice and Cleansing in Iran. Jahangir Razmi.

Doing… crazy stuff to get the cows moving. 1980. The American Cowboy. Erwin “Skeeter” Hagler.

Things got wildly out of control. 1981. Liberia – Executioners Celebrate. Larry C. Price.

Through my lens I saw him grimace. 1982. Assassination Attempt. Ron Edmonds.

I breathe the city, the city is everything. 1982. Life in Chicago. John H. White. (pattern / size)

Keep your focus, literally and figuratively. 1983. El Salvador -The Killing Ground. James B. Dickman. (contrast / diagonal)

Even in wartime, life goes on. 1984. War in Lebanon. Stan Grossfeld.

It was a very intimate moment. 1984. Memorial Day. Anthony Suau.

A whole fresh round of killings. 1985. War-Torn Angola and El Salvador. Larry C. Price.

The sound of kids dying of starvation. 1985. Ethiopian Famine. Stan Grossfeld.

We Knew the turf, we knew the people. 1987. Ferdinand Marcos Takes a Fall. Kim Komenich.

People were almost silly with euphoria. 1990. Freedom Uprising. David C. Turnley.

Who is he? What’s he done? 1991. Human Torch. Greg Marinovich.

The mob parted long enough. 1994. Dead U.S. Soldier in Modadishy. Paul Watson.

I’m really, really sorry I didn’t pick the child up. 1994. Waiting Game for Sudanese Child. Kevin Carter.

They were trying to tear him apart. 1995. Crisis in Haiti. Carol Guzy.

Share the prize with Yeltsin. 1997. Yeltsin Rocks in Rostov. Alexander Zemlianichenko.

People would flee together as a village. 1998. Trek of Tears – An African Journey. Martha Rial.

The innocence and the horror. 2000. Fleeing Kosovo. Carol Guzy, Lucian Perkins, and Michael Williamson.

What’s happening? What’s happening? 2001. Elian. Alan Diaz.

A ball of fire appeared in the viewfinder. 2002. World Trade Center Attack.

A small space where peace exists in a sea of war. 2002. War and Peace in Afghanistan.

He was in a sunset of fire and smoke. 2003. Colorado’s Wildfires.

The most perilous migration route I have ever seen. 2003. Enrique’s Journey. Don Bartletti.

I was struck by the fear in her eyes. 2004. Monrovia under siege. Carolyn Cole.

The gunner shot bullets and I shot pictures. 2005. War Zone.

Everywhere you looked, it got sadder. 2006. Katrina.

**She saw them… and ran toward the barricade. 2007. Defending the Barricade. Oded Balilty.

My eyes caught a person flying backwards through the air. 2008. Death in the Streets. Adrees Latif.

I knew I had to record the action of that girl. 2012. Attack in Kabul. Massoud Hossaini.

** I only saw the beautiful light. 2013. Siege of Aleppo. Javier Manzano.

This is just plain and simple murder of unarmed civilians. 2014. Militants Attack Mall in Nairobi. Tyler Hicks. (patterns)

Fukuoka New Year’s Day

students-DSC_1881New Year’s day. Students near Hakata station.croissant-DSC_1885Had delicious croissants from Il Forno Mignon at Hakata station.Komainu-DSC_1896Komainu 狛犬 at Sumiyoshi shrine 住吉神社. Komainu-DSC_1908sumo-DSC_1925 sumo-DSC_1931Statue of an ancient sumo wrestler revisited.Komainu-DSC_1936Komainu.dog-DSC_1940A dog and his master waiting in line at the shrine.dog-DSC_1942An older couple arrived at the shrine with their respective matching pups. dog-DSC_1945demon-DSC_1951canal-city-DSC_1953Canal City.

kenzo-tonkotsu-DSC_1960 kenzo-tonkotsu-DSC_1962Kawabata shopping arcade.  wrestlers-DSC_1964We were all wrestlers in Japan once.

cat-DSC_1980ネコ. Ca ca catters mccatters ©.   ACROS-DSC_1982ACROS.dog-DSC_1994A little papillon near Watanabe dori.

robot-DSC_2005Had the creeping sensation of being followed.

yatai-DSC_2009Found some yatai 屋台 at the edge of the city. I got excited about a yakuza-looking guy hanging out near the joint that had part of his little finger missing.  She was more excited about the food.

yatai-DSC_2012  Some of the best ramen noddles I’ve had under a plastic tarp.

yatai-DSC_2017fukuoka-castle-DSC_2030Walked the ruins of Fukuoka castle in the dark.

subway-DSC_2036Headed back to our Hakata base. ohori-DSC_2038


Photography, space dogs + treasure

Russia before the revolution. Slide show wired magazine.

Street photography. Slide show lensculture.

Lighting films with mirrors, as in Rashomon forest scene, and flash and mirror photography.


Laika Лайка and the Soviet Space Dogs

“Belka Белка and Strelka Стрелка spent a day in space aboard Korabl-Sputnik 2 on 19 August 1960 before safely returning to Earth.

They were accompanied by a grey rabbit, 42 mice, 2 rats, flies and several plants and fungi. All passengers survived. They were the first Earth-born creatures to go into orbit and return alive.” wikipedia.

Shipwreck off the coast of Colombia.