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.