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Dennis Stock’s images of James Dean offered a uniquely intimate insight into a life on the brink of stardom through the eyes of a close friend. Stock met Dean in Hollywood in January 1955 and intrigued, began to photograph him. Following him on a visit from his birthplace in Fairmont, Indiana, to New York City, and back to Hollywood, Stock recorded unforgettable images of the young actor in both his professional and private worlds. In this picture, Dean haunts Times Square, then the place to go for a novice actor of the 1950s.

 

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

Dennis Stock

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.

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