Photography

Stock, Dennis (1928 - 2010)

Dennis Stock became a member of the Magnum agency in 1947 and soon became a specialist of celebrity portraiture. As he met James Dean in 1954 just before the release of Rebel Without a Cause, the American photographer began a two month photo-report of the not-yet famous actor. He followed James Dean at the countryside, to his family’s farm where he relaxed and revealed his true nature, in boots amongst pigs, reading books, in cafés…but also on Times Square, in New York, as he walked under the rain, solitary and cold. In the images, the actor’s dark side was revealed, coupled with a certain nostalgia for the past alongside the anxiety of an upcoming stardom. When the séries was published in Life magazine at the same time as the release of East of Eden, it confirmed James Dean’s future superstar status and established Dennis Stock’s work. After the actor’s death, in 1955, the photographer began depicting jazz musicians and documented the counterculture movements of the late 1960s, observing marginal hippies and bikers whose freedom and creativity he wanted to illustrate. During his collaboration with James Dean, Dennis Stock had once followed the actor in a furniture store selling coffins. When he climbed into one of them and crossed his arms, he shouted ‘Shoot’ to the photographer who refused but James Dean insisted and lied down, the eyes closed, hands on the chest, with an infantile smile. The last picture that was taken was of the actor sitting up in the coffin, staring directly at the camera with a lost expression on the face. When James Dean killed himself in a car accident seven months later, the séries revealed itself as a morbid prophecy.
 

Dennis Stock, James Dean, NYC, 1955
Dennis Stock, James Dean, NYC, 1955
Dennis Stock, Little Chan Ling Kuen abandoned, Hong Kong, 1959
Dennis Stock, Little Chan Ling Kuen abandoned, Hong Kong, 1959
Dennis Stock, Street scene, Tokyo, 1974
Dennis Stock, Street scene, Tokyo, 1974
Dennis Stock, Hiroshima, 1956
Dennis Stock, Hiroshima, 1956
Dennis Stock, Shoe Cleaner, Japan, 1956
Dennis Stock, Shoe Cleaner, Japan, 1956
Dennis Stock, Audrey Hepburn on the set of
Dennis Stock, Audrey Hepburn on the set of "Sabrina", 1954
Dennis Stock, Audrey Hepburn on the set of
Dennis Stock, Audrey Hepburn on the set of "Sabrina", 1954
Dennis Stock, Billy Wilder on the set of
Dennis Stock, Billy Wilder on the set of "Sabrina", 1954
Dennis Stock, Audrey Hepburn on the set of
Dennis Stock, Audrey Hepburn on the set of "Sabrina", 1954
Dennis Stock, Audrey Hepburn on the set of
Dennis Stock, Audrey Hepburn on the set of "Sabrina", 1954
Dennis Stock, Audrey Hepburn on the set of
Dennis Stock, Audrey Hepburn on the set of "Sabrina", 1954
Dennis Stock, Geisha, Japan, 1956
Dennis Stock, Geisha, Japan, 1956
Dennis Stock, Humphrey Bogart on his sailing boat the Santana, 1954
Dennis Stock, Humphrey Bogart on his sailing boat the Santana, 1954
Dennis Stock, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall at home with their children Stephen and Leslie, Beverly Hills, 1954
Dennis Stock, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall at home with their children Stephen and Leslie, Beverly Hills, 1954
Dennis Stock, Japan, 1975
Dennis Stock, Japan, 1975
Dennis Stock, Marilyn Monroe during the filming of
Dennis Stock, Marilyn Monroe during the filming of "Bus Stop", 1956
Dennis Stock, Arthur Miller and Marilyn Monroe on the set of
Dennis Stock, Arthur Miller and Marilyn Monroe on the set of "The Misfits", 1960
Dennis Stock, Marilyn Monroe on the set of
Dennis Stock, Marilyn Monroe on the set of "The Misfits", 1960
Dennis Stock, Yves Montand and Marilyn Monroe, 1961
Dennis Stock, Yves Montand and Marilyn Monroe, 1961
Dennis Stock, James Dean rehearses for a TV drama, 1955
Dennis Stock, James Dean rehearses for a TV drama, 1955
Dennis Stock, James Dean and Natalie Wood adoring the filming of
Dennis Stock, James Dean and Natalie Wood adoring the filming of "Rebel without a cause", 1955
Dennis Stock, James Dean attending a dance class with Catherine Dunham, 1955
Dennis Stock, James Dean attending a dance class with Catherine Dunham, 1955
Dennis Stock, James Dean and Eartha Kitt attending Katherine Dunham dance classes, 1955
Dennis Stock, James Dean and Eartha Kitt attending Katherine Dunham dance classes, 1955
Dennis Stock, James Dean posing amusingly on a casket in a funeral parlor, 1955
Dennis Stock, James Dean posing amusingly on a casket in a funeral parlor, 1955
Dennis Stock, James Dean posing amusingly on a casket in a funeral parlor, 1955
Dennis Stock, James Dean posing amusingly on a casket in a funeral parlor, 1955
Dennis Stock, James Dean playing basketball with his cousin Markie, 1955
Dennis Stock, James Dean playing basketball with his cousin Markie, 1955
Dennis Stock, James Dean, Fairmount, 1955
Dennis Stock, James Dean, Fairmount, 1955
Dennis Stock, James Dean with a friend at Jerry's Bar, New York City, 1955
Dennis Stock, James Dean with a friend at Jerry's Bar, New York City, 1955
Dennis Stock, James Dean, NYC, 1955
Dennis Stock, James Dean, NYC, 1955
Dennis Stock, James Dean playing bongo drums, NYC, 1955
Dennis Stock, James Dean playing bongo drums, NYC, 1955
Dennis Stock, James Dean, NYC, 1955
Dennis Stock, James Dean, NYC, 1955
Dennis Stock, James Dean, Fairmount, 1955
Dennis Stock, James Dean, Fairmount, 1955
Dennis Stock, James Dean in his apartment West 68th Street, NYC, 1955
Dennis Stock, James Dean in his apartment West 68th Street, NYC, 1955
Dennis Stock, James Dean, Fairmount, 1955
Dennis Stock, James Dean, Fairmount, 1955
Dennis Stock, Eartha Kitt and James Dean in a bar, NYC, 1955
Dennis Stock, Eartha Kitt and James Dean in a bar, NYC, 1955
Dennis Stock, James Dean with Geraldine Page in her dressing room, 1955
Dennis Stock, James Dean with Geraldine Page in her dressing room, 1955
Dennis Stock, Marlon Brando on the set of
Dennis Stock, Marlon Brando on the set of "Desiree" directed by Henry Koster, 1954
Dennis Stock, Judy Garland in
Dennis Stock, Judy Garland in "A Star is Born", 1954
Dennis Stock, Jean Simmons on the set of
Dennis Stock, Jean Simmons on the set of "Guys and Dolls" directed by Jospeh Mankiewicz, 1954
Dennis Stock, Frank Sinatra on the set of
Dennis Stock, Frank Sinatra on the set of "Guys and Dolls" directed by Jospeh Mankiewicz, 1954
Dennis Stock, John Wayne on the set of
Dennis Stock, John Wayne on the set of "The Alamo", 1959
Dennis Stock, The 20th Century Fox studios during filming of
Dennis Stock, The 20th Century Fox studios during filming of "Planet of the Apes", 1968
Dennis Stock, George Lucas on the set of
Dennis Stock, George Lucas on the set of "American Graffiti", 1972
Dennis Stock, Ava Gardner, 1962
Dennis Stock, Ava Gardner, 1962
Dennis Stock, Billie Holiday, 1958
Dennis Stock, Billie Holiday, 1958
Dennis Stock, Couple in Novato, 1968
Dennis Stock, Couple in Novato, 1968
Dennis Stock, A Biker in the Popular
Dennis Stock, A Biker in the Popular "Mongol" look, USA, 1971
Dennis Stock, Earl Hines, piano and band leader; Jimmy Archey, trombone; Francis Joseph
Dennis Stock, Earl Hines, piano and band leader; Jimmy Archey, trombone; Francis Joseph "Muggsy" Spainer, cornet and band leader; Earl Watkins, drums, San Francisco, 1958
Dennis Stock, Frank Sinatra on Stage for JFK Inaugural Ball Rehearsal, Washington DC, 1961
Dennis Stock, Frank Sinatra on Stage for JFK Inaugural Ball Rehearsal, Washington DC, 1961
Dennis Stock, Louis Armstrong in his Dressing Room at the Latin Casino, Philadelphia, 1958
Dennis Stock, Louis Armstrong in his Dressing Room at the Latin Casino, Philadelphia, 1958
Dennis Stock, John Updike, Massachusetts, 1962
Dennis Stock, John Updike, Massachusetts, 1962
Dennis Stock, Miles Davis, NYC, 1958
Dennis Stock, Miles Davis, NYC, 1958
Dennis Stock, Des Moines, USA, 1965
Dennis Stock, Des Moines, USA, 1965
Dennis Stock,
Dennis Stock, "Dennis the Menace Park" in Monterey, 1968
Dennis Stock, Ernest Miller (Kid Punch Miller) trumpet player and singer returning home at 6 am, 1958
Dennis Stock, Ernest Miller (Kid Punch Miller) trumpet player and singer returning home at 6 am, 1958
Dennis Stock, From The California Trip, 1968
Dennis Stock, From The California Trip, 1968
Dennis Stock, Immigrants, 1950
Dennis Stock, Immigrants, 1950
Dennis Stock, Indian Pow Wow, 1964
Dennis Stock, Indian Pow Wow, 1964
Dennis Stock, Man holding a surfboard on beach steps in Corona Del Mar, 1968
Dennis Stock, Man holding a surfboard on beach steps in Corona Del Mar, 1968
Dennis Stock, Morning bath, 1969
Dennis Stock, Morning bath, 1969
Dennis Stock, Outside the Post Office in Cool, 1968
Dennis Stock, Outside the Post Office in Cool, 1968
Dennis Stock, Refugee still aboard ship in New York Harbor, NYC, 1951
Dennis Stock, Refugee still aboard ship in New York Harbor, NYC, 1951
Dennis Stock, School for Santas, NYC, 1961
Dennis Stock, School for Santas, NYC, 1961
Dennis Stock, The legs of dancers at the Radio City Music Hall, NYC, 1959
Dennis Stock, The legs of dancers at the Radio City Music Hall, NYC, 1959
Dennis Stock, Venice Beach Rock Festival, 1968
Dennis Stock, Venice Beach Rock Festival, 1968
Dennis Stock,
Dennis Stock, "Dennis the Menace Park" in Monterey, 1968
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