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American Cool

Images of American life shot by Dennis Stock, who captured iconic photographs of a young James Dean in Times Square, Louis Armstrong preparing for a gig and life on the beach in California during the 1960s

Dennis Stock

Dennis Stock | American Cool Miles Davis. New York City, USA. 1958. © Dennis Stock | Magnum Photos
Dennis Stock James Dean in Times Square. New York City, USA. 1955. © Dennis Stock | Magnum Photos
Dennis Stock | American Cool The jazz musician Louis Armstrong in his dressing room at the Latin Casino. Philadelphia, USA. 1958. © Dennis Stock | Magnum Photos
Dennis Stock | American Cool Howard Minsky, showbiz producer, is one of those bit American personalities of the entertainment business who has offices in Las Vegas (at the Dunes Hotel) and in Los Angeles. He is famous for the (...)
Dennis Stock | American Cool Dutch actress Audrey Hepburn during the filming of 'Sabrina' by Billy Wilder. New York City, USA. 1954. © Dennis Stock | Magnum Photos
Dennis Stock | American Cool Grace Kelly in her dressing room trailer during the making of the film 'High Society' directed by Charles Walters. Hollywood, USA. 1956. © Dennis Stock | Magnum Photos
Dennis Stock | American Cool Bill Crow. New York City, USA. 1958. © Dennis Stock | Magnum Photos
Dennis Stock | American Cool Earl Hines, American piano player and band leader. Jimmy Archey, American trombone player. Francis Joseph "Muggsy" Spanier, American cornet player and band leader. Earl Watkins, American drummer. U (...)
Dennis Stock | American Cool Beauty contest for cattle at the Iowa State Fair. Des Moines, Iowa, USA. 1965. © Dennis Stock | Magnum Photos
Dennis Stock Man holding a surfboard on beach steps in Corona Del Mar. California, USA. 1968. © Dennis Stock | Magnum Photos
Dennis Stock | American Cool Venice Beach Rock Festival. California, USA. 1968. © Dennis Stock | Magnum Photos
Dennis Stock | American Cool The California Trip. USA, California. 1968. © Dennis Stock | Magnum Photos
Dennis Stock | American Cool Portrait of a couple in 'American Gothic style.' USA. 1969. © Dennis Stock | Magnum Photos
Dennis Stock | American Cool 'The vagabond'. USA. 1971. © Dennis Stock | Magnum Photos
Dennis Stock | American Cool A biker in the popular 'mongol' look. 1971, USA. © Dennis Stock | Magnum Photos

Whether photographing Hollywood celebrities or immigrants newly arrived in New York, photographer Dennis Stock (1928-2010) had an extraordinary ability to capture the essence of the American experience. A Magnum photographer for over fifty years, Stock once said that “The heartbeat of good photography is discovery.” He was an intrepid visual explorer who turned his eye to the familiar and unfamiliar alike to reveal startling new insights and a fresh beauty.