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Stanley Kubrick: Drama & Shadows Hardcover – December 1, 2005
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The book is not a light read. It's a tome with references to repoussoir and Gestus, to his sociological studies and mise-en-scenes. It's the type of book you can read again and again and each time draw something new from it.
And the photos!
You get subway trains and cramped apartments. Shoe shine boys and circus families. Foreign lands and celebrities. There's a great range of photos in here. Some seem almost ordinary while others are stunning in their emotion. The photos are presented quite well, large size, so you can examine their different aspects and truly appreciate them.
Well recommended for anyone who wants to be inspired by photography.
Many of the photos have a story to tell and quite a few of them are entrancing (like the cityscape shot on page 233). Even if this is a small sample of his work (12,000 archived negatives, according to the book), the photos were chosen very well. The opening essay is insightful and the photo showcase is a wonderful treat. The written commentary at the beginning of each photo set talks about themes in certain pictures that Kubrick explored (like adopting a child's eye view at the Palisades Amusement Park), the nature of the photo set (like a trip to Portugal) or technique (how he did casual photography in the subway). In any case, one can see the incredible amount of care he took in creating the picture. Kubrick himself said in an interview that his being a photographer served him well as a filmmaker.
Only one or two of the photos might be a little commercial, as suggested by another reviewer, but the grand majority show a missing link in Kubrick's career: and that is his humble beginnings.
I highly recommend this book for Kubrick fans and those who love photography.