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Stanley Kubrick at Look Magazine
Authorship and Genre in Photojournalism and Film
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ISBN 9781841506111
Paperback 304 pages
Published February 2013
Imprint: Intellect
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From 1945 to 1950, during the formative years of his career, Stanley Kubrick worked as a photojournalist for Look magazine. Offering a comprehensive examination of the work he produced during this period, Stanley Kubrick at Look Magazine sheds new light on the aesthetic and ideological factors that shaped his artistic voice.

Tracing the links between his photojournalism and films, Philippe Mather shows how working at Look fostered Kubrick’s emerging genius for combining images and words to tell a story. Mather then demonstrates how exploring these links enhances our understanding of Kubrick’s approach to narrative structure – as well as his distinctive combinations of such genres as fiction and documentary, and fantasy and realism.

Chapter titles
PART I: Authorship: A Sociology of Production
Chapter 1: Psychosocial Context: A Formative Period. Stanley Kubrick at Look Magazine in the Lifespan
Chapter 2: Macro-objective Analysis: Look Magazine’s Organizational Structure
Chapter 3: Micro-objectivity: The Work Culture at Look Magazine
Chapter 4: Macro-subjectivity: Look Magazine’s Conception of Photojournalism
Chapter 5: Micro-subjectivity: Stanley Kubrick’s Conception of Photojournalism and Film
PART II: Genre: Contexts of Reception
Chapter 6: Photojournalism Genres: A Semantic/Syntactic/Pragmatic Approach
Chapter 7: Photography and Film: History, Ontology and Pragmatics
Chapter 8: From Photojournalism to Film: Transmedial Correspondences in the Formal and Stylistic Systems
Chapter 9: Photography in Film: Photographic and Documentary Aspects of Kubrick’s Films
'A fascinating book' – PictureVille, Mark Moran

'By exploring the images captured by the teenager standing behind the still photography lens, 'Stanley Kubrick at Look Magazine' brings more into focus the creative decisions made by the filmmaker as an adult.' – Flickering Myth, Trevor Hogg

'Detailed and at times broad, it is fervently written and researched, and uncovers the sources of the 'Kubrickian worldview' whose origins have seldom been studied, nor particularly established.' – Edward Frost for Cine Vue

'Mather provides valuable background on the practices and conventions of 'Look' and other post-war magazines, contextualising Kubrick's photo-stories before analysing them aesthetically' – Matthew Hunt, Dateline Bangkok

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