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Exhibition Not an Ostrich: & Other Images from America's Library

Stanley Kubrick. Men examining cushion and box springs at furniture convention (Look assignment: “Furniture Convention”), 1950. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (64.00.00)

STANLEY KUBRICK. Furniture Convention. 1950

The filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, who wrote and directed Lolita, Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and A Clockwork Orange, worked as a staff photographer at LOOK magazine from 1945, when he was seventeen, to 1950 when he left to pursue filmmaking. The photographs, such as this one taken at a furniture convention, are quintessential Kubrick—quirky but often suffused with his talent for composition and dramatic lighting.