In the late 1960s, Dennis Stock travelled across the Golden State, capturing the spirit of anti-establishment. The photographs taken reflect California as a true melting pot and an international gateway to the United States. Stock says of his process: “I love to spend great lengths of time in search of all the potentials that reveal insights into the subject. It is very hard to decide what theme may have sufficient graphic potential and will keep me in pursuit.”

With each generation the picture is obliged to be more stimulating.

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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