Remembering Dennis Stock

Posted by Charlotte on January 13, 2010 at 7:24 pm.


Magnum Photographer Dennis Stock sadly died today.

Stock started his career as an apprentice to Life magazine photographer Gjon Mili and joined Magnum in 1951. Although best known for his intimate portraits of James Dean he was also a prolific Jazz photographer taking some of the most iconic Jazz portraits in history for his book Jazz Street. in 1968 he founded the production company Visual Objectives and shot several documentaries but returned to Magnum to serve as president of Magnum’s film and new media division in 1969 and 1970. Stock generated a book or an exhibition almost every year since the 1950s.


“Art is a well-articulated manifestation of an aspect of life. I have been privileged to view much of life through my cameras, making the journey an enlightened experience. My emphasis has mainly been on affirmative reactions to human behavior and a strong attraction to the beauty in nature.”


From Magnum: His photographs have appeared in other major publications, including Paris Match and Stern. He has worked as a writer, director, and producer for television and film, and has exhibited his work at the Art Institute of Chicago; International Center of Photography, New York; Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris; Schirm Kunsthalle, Frankfurt; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Magnum have an incredible Audio/Visual Essay of his work here and I’d really urge you to check it out.

His Magnum portfolio is here.

The British Journal of Photography’s obituary is here and they are updating it with quotes and tributes as they come in.

‘Dennis Stock was among a group of photographers that were able to define themselves through iconic sets of images,’ says Peter Hamilton, writer, curator and book publisher. ‘His images represented the essence of the 1950s cool.’


all images ©magnum

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