Dennis Stock joined Magnum in 1954 as one of its first American members. Undoubtedly his most famous image, this is most likely one of the most famous images of New York in this period, combining the easy cool of James Dean, a young, troubled, but meteoric movie star of that period. with the instantly recognizable architecture of one of New York’s most well-known squares.

I have been privileged to view much of life through my cameras, making the journey an enlightened experience

Dennis Stock
© Dennis Stock | Magnum Photos

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 evoked the spirit of America through his memorable and iconic portraits of Hollywood stars, most notably James Dean. Other notable projects include his work on the jazz scene and on the California free-loving counterculture of the 1960’s. In the 1990s he went back to his urban origins, exploring the modern architecture of large cities and his later work was mostly focused on the abstraction of flowers.

Dennis Stock resided in Woodstock, New York, until his death in 2010.

© Dennis Stock | Magnum Photos

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