Stanley Kubrick - Photographs New York Tuesday, October 2, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    William L. Schaeffer/ Photographs, Connecticut

  • Literature

    Crone, Stanley Kubrick: Drama & Shadows: Photographs 1945-1950, n.p.
    “Prizefighter Walter Cartier,” Look, 18 January 1949

  • Catalogue Essay

    Stanley Kubrick’s position as one of the twentieth century’s greatest filmmakers is intimately linked to photography. Kubrick’s teenage hobby was photography, and after graduating from high school he joined Look magazine as a staff photographer. This picture – first published in Look in January 1949 as part of a photo essay entitled Prizefighter – shows middleweight boxer Walter Cartier after a fight, standing by as his twin brother Vincent ties his shoelaces. The photographic series later inspired Kubrick’s first incursion into film: the 1951 15-minute short entitled Day of the Fight. In 1955 he returned to the subject of boxing with Killer’s Kiss, a story about a boxer at the end of his career. Kubrick’s success came later, but in the synthesis between film noir and boxing, between cinema and reality, this photograph has the mark of an auteur in the making.


Walter Cartier

Gelatin silver print.
13 1/4 x 8 in. (33.7 x 20.3 cm)
Credited twice in an unidentified hand in ink, 'Modern Photography' and 'Look' credit reproduction limitation stamps on the verso.

$10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for $16,250

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2 October 2012
New York