Posted on May 10, 2011
Immortalized James Dean and it shaped like few the world of jazz. Member of the iconic Magnum Agency, his work more interesting scenes captured on American culture.
There are pictures we've seen hundreds of times and that, given the passage of time, not only did not fall into disuse but seem almost necessary. The phrase, which is applied in hundreds of cases, it also fits the mythical image of James Dean walking through a rainy New York wearing a raincoat and with a cigar in his mouth.
This photo, from 1955, also changed the fate of its author, Dennis Stock. Apprentice picture after WWII, Stock became involved very early journalistic medium through Life magazine and then via Magnum, the agency you work until the end of his days.
Stock Although had already "tested" their talent to colleagues, Dean's photo caused a huge impact because the sitter would die just weeks later and a decidedly tragic way.
Needless to say that the career of Dennis Stock, who died in January 2010 at age 79, far exceeded the portraits of Dean. Stock also made valuable snapshots of stars like John Wayne, Marlon Brando, Jon Huston, Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn.
Stock lens also delved into two American cultural areas: jazz and rock of the '60s. On the first, they are remembered his portraits of Miles Davis or Duke Ellington. Regarding the second question, the camera focused the public more than the stars and there a picture of a girl dancing with her back to the camera is reminiscent of a California hippie festival.
Devoted his last years to nature and away from his photographic "objective" Hollywood Stock is considered one of the most prolific men of the Magnum agency, a key institution in translating characters and crucial events of the twentieth century.