In the late 1960s, Dennis Stock travelled around California, documenting the unique, heady spirit of the era. The Sacramento State Fair was an example of this drive to turn dreams into reality. The site of the fair, Cal Expo, was designed with the help of Walt Disney, and reflected the cutting edge of California “imagineering”. The fair celebrated the wide array of what the state has to offer, from farming to technology, to Hollywood.

I'm not a casual photographer. Themes motivate me to pick up a camera

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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