Stanley Kubrick’s 1949 Chicago: A City Of Extremes
By John Dodge
CHICAGO (CBS) — Before he became one of the greatest film directors of all time, Stanley Kubrick started as a staff photographer for Look Magazine.
When he was in his 20s, one of his assignments took him to Chicago in 1949, where he captured the glamorous and gritty sides of the city. The magazine piece was titled “Chicago: City Of Extremes.”
The photos were accompanied by an essay by Chicago Sun-Times columnist Irv Kupcinet that dealt with social and economic contrasts that, in Kup’s view, defined the city at the time.
Kubrick’s photos included school children, a butcher in a meat locker, a family enjoying a meal the opulent Pump Room, a family living in the African-American slums on the South Side, showgirls and men working in the steel mills.
Many of the photos shown here weren’t published by the magazine, but remain in the archives of the Library of Congress.
A school girl with classroom artwork.
Kubrick captures the intensity of working inside a Chicago steel mill.
Kuprick captures himself in a dressing room mirror with showgirl Rosemary Williams.
Traders making deals at the Chicago Stock Exchange.
A family in the slums on Chicago’s South Side.
A family enjoys a fine meal at the Pump Room.
An elevated train car makes its way around The Loop.
It is unclear where these people are, possibly at a concert or sports event?
A butcher inside one of Chicago’s huge meat lockers.
Commuters make their way to the train.
A school girl appears to daydream in class. Or perhaps she is trying hard to think of the answer.
A lingerie model takes a cigarette break.
Women modeling clothes.