Dennis Stock

American, b. 1928, d. 2010

Dennis Stock was born in 1928 in New York City. At the age of 17, he left home to join the United States Navy. In 1947 he became an apprentice to Life magazine photographer Gjon Mili and won first prize in Life's Young Photographers contest. He joined Magnum in 1951.

Stock managed to evoke the spirit of America through his memorable and iconic portraits of Hollywood stars, most notably James Dean. From 1957 to 1960 Stock made lively portraits of jazz musicians, including Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Sidney Bechet, Gene Krupa and Duke Ellington for his book Jazz Street. In 1968 Stock took a leave of absence from Magnum to create Visual Objectives, a film production company, and he shot several documentaries. In the late 1960s he captured the attempts of California hippies to reshape society according to ideals of love and caring. Then throughout the 1970s and 1980s he worked on color books, emphasizing the beauty of nature through details and landscape. In the 1990s he went back to his urban origins, exploring the modern architecture of large cities. His recent work was mostly focused on the abstraction of flowers.

Stock generated a book or an exhibition almost every year since the 1950s. He taught numerous workshops and exhibited his work widely in France, Germany, Italy, the United States and Japan. He worked as a writer, director and producer for television and film, and his photographs have been acquired by most major museum collections. He served as president of Magnum's film and new media division in 1969 and 1970.

Dennis Stock resided in Woodstock, New York, and his widow is the author Susan Richards.


1991      Advertising Photographers of America, USA
1962      1st Prize, International Photography Competition, Poland.
1951      1st Prize, "Life" Young Photographers Contest, USA


2009       Dennis Stock: Altered States – Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York City, USA
2009       Woodstock Generation - Center for Photography, Woodstock, NY
2008       Jazz and Film - Atlas Gallery, London, UK
2008       American Dreams- Galerie Hoffman, Munich, Germany
2007       Retrospective - Festival  International du Photojournalisme Perpignan, France
2006       Conference and Hippies exhibition - VincinoLontano, Udine, Italy
2006       Retrospective - Kaiserliches Hofmobilien Depot, Vienna, Austria
2006       Dennis Stock’s James Dean Fifty Years Ago – International Arts and Artists, 
              Washington, D.C., USA
2005       Retrospective - Kunsthal, Rotterdam, Netherlands
2005       Retrospective - NRW Forum, Düsseldorf, Germany
2005/06  James Dean Comes Home – Photographs – Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, 
2004       Retrospective-Dennis Stock – Hacklebury Gallery, London, UK
1999/00  Dennis Stock: Photo Essayist – Staley Wise Gallery, New York City, USA
1995       Galleria II Diaframma, Milan, Italy
1995       Espace Photographique de Paris, Paris, France
1995       Kunsthal, Rotterdam, Netherlands
1994/96  Made in U.S.A.: 1951 to 1971- Schirm Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany;
              thereafter major cities in Germany
1992/94  La Tour Des Cardinaux, L'Isle Sur La-Sorgue, France; Mitsukoshi/Tokyo; thereafter 
              major cities in Japan
1990       Office Departmental de la Culture, Aix-en-Provence, France
1987       Urban Gallery, New York City, USA
1985       Photofind Gallery, Woodstock, New York, USA
1977       Retrospective - International Center of Photography, New York City, USA
1976       Alpha Cubic Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1974       Sony Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1973       Woodstock Artists’ Association, Woodstock, New York, USA
1967/74  The Sun - originated at Eastman House, Rochester, New York, USA
1970       De Young Museum, San Francisco, California, USA
1966       Form Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
1963       Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA


Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA
Kunsthaus, Zurich, Switzerland
International Center of Photography, New York, USA
Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, USA
George Eastman House, Rochester, USA
Musée d'Art Moderne de la ville de Paris, France
Fotografiska Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
National Gallery, Washington, D.C., USA


2005       James Dean: Fifty Years Ago, Harry N. Abrams, USA; 
              (James Dean), La Martinière, France
1995       Made in U.S.A., Cantz, Germany/USA
1989       New England Memories, Bulfinch Press, USA
1988       Provence Memories, New York Graphic Society, USA;  
              (Provence), Le Chêne, France
1988       Hawaii, Harry N. Abrams, USA
1986       Flower Show, Rizzoli, USA; (Impressions, fleurs), Mengès, France
1982       I Grandi Fotografi : Dennis Stock, Gruppo Editoriale Fabbri , Italy
1981       Saint Francis of Assisi/Franziskus: Der Mann aus Assisi, Harper & Row, USA; Reich 
              Verlag, Switzerland
1980       America Seen, Contrejour, France
1978       Alaska, Harry N. Abrams, USA
1978/87  James Dean Revisited, Viking Press/Penguin Books, USA; Shirmer & 
              Mosel/Chronicle Books, USA
1976       This Land of Europe, Kodansha International, Japan/USA
1976       Voyage Poétique à Travers le Japon d'Autrefois, Office du Livre, Switzerland
1974       California: the Golden Coast, Viking Press/Studio Book, USA
1974       The Circle of Seasons, Viking Press, USA
1974       Brother Sun, Sierra Club Books, USA
1974       A Haiku Journey, Kodansha International, Japan/USA
1972       Edge of Life: World of the Estuary, Sierra Club Books, USA
1972       National Parks Centennial Portfolio, Sierra Club Books, USA
1972       Living Our Future : Francis of Assisi, Franciscan Herald, USA
1970       California Trip, Grossman Publishers, USA
1970       The Alternative, Collier-Macmillan, UK
1963       The Happy Year, Channel Press, Inc., USA
1960       Jazz Street, Doubleday, USA
1959       Plaisir du Jazz, La Guilde du Livre, France
1959       Jazz Welt, Verlag Gerd Hatje, Germany
1956       Portrait of a Young Man, James Dean, Kadokawa Shoten, USA


2007       Magnum Magnum, Thames and Hudson
2003       Magnum Stories, Phaidon Press
1999       Magnum Degrees, Phaidon Press
1995       Magnum Cinema/Cahiers du Cinema, Phaidon Press
1990       In Our Time, Magnum, Norton
1981       Paris, Magnum, Aperture
1974       Photography in America, Random House
1969       America in Crisis, Holt, Rinehart and Winston
1967       Photography in the Twentieth Century, Horizon Press
1962       Creative America, Ridge Press
1961       Let Us Begin, Ridge Press