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ID photo: The Photojournalist, portrait of Dennis Stock by Andreas Feininger, 1951. Feininger took this now-iconic photograph for Life magazine, after Stock won first prize in a competition for young photographers.
"The similarity between Van Gogh, Haiku poetry, and good photography is the concern for mortality. That things are very fleeting, that there are people who are more sensitive to death than others. The threat of time is of great concern to them. And the camera is a very appropriate instrument for many."
— Dennis Stock
Dennis Stock (July 24, 1928- Jan. 11, 2010), American photojournalist and documentary photographer and a member of Magnum Photos.
Born in New York City, to Fannie and Fred Stock. His father was Swiss and his mother was English.
Served in the US Army 1947-51. Following his discharge, he apprenticed under photographer Gjon Mili. In 1951, he won a first prize in a Life magazine competition for young photographers. That same year, he became an associate member of the photography agency Magnum. He became a full partner-member in 1954.
Stock met James Dean in 1955, a few months before the latter's sudden death. He undertook a series of photos of the actor in Hollywood, Dean's hometown in Indiana, and in NYC. One of his portraits of Dean in New York's Times Square became an iconic image of the young star.... one of the most reproduced photographs of the post-war period.
From 1957 until the early 1960s, Stock aimed his lens at jazz musicians, photographing such people as Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Sidney Bechet, Gene Krupa and Duke Ellington or Miles Davis ... In 1968, Stock left Magnum to start his own film company, Visual Objectives Inc., and made several documentaries, but he returned to the agency a year later, as vice president for new media and film....
In 2006 Stock married writer Susan Richards. They lived in Woodstock, NY with their 4 dogs. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dennis_Stock)