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Dennis Stock spent several years documenting a cultural phenomenon that was exploding in the late 1960s and early 1970s. “My subjects—the bikers, hippies, road people, artists—are simply people who have sought a less conforming way to explore this difficult life we all lead,” he said of the time. “It was my fascination with their ability to survive as individuals that kept my cameras busy.”

Art is a well-articulated manifestation of an aspect of life

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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