Stanley Kubrick returns to Los Angeles – Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Published On April 17, 2013 | By Mike Carroll | Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick: Beyond The Infinite

Fifty years after Stanley Kubrick packed his bags and left Los Angeles for good, migrating to Great Britain to begin a reinvention of filmmaking that forever changed Cinema and what it was capable of, the Great Man, or rather 600 of his possessions and his spirit, have returned.

A young woman standing looking at the case containing Kurbick’s lenses and his favorite handheld camera.

A few weeks ago I drove down to LA with fellow KCRA photographer and good friend Mike Williams, also a Kubrick fan. For both of us, we felt our lives changed and influenced when we saw Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. After that, Kubrick was always a filmmaker to watch and pay attention to.

Stanley Kubrick’s very well-used director’s finder. Notice it’s taped off to 1.85.

Kubrick’s life is filled, even now more than a dozen years after his death, with as many rumors and speculations and mysteries as when he was alive. While his family have opened the doors to so much of who Kubrick was, as in the extraordinary documentary, Stanley Kubrik: A Life In Pictures, there’s still so much more that we Kubrick fans want to know.

So when the Kubrick family created the Kubrick Exhibit to tour museums around the world, I’ve been waiting on pins and needles for it to open in the U.S. When it was announced last fall that it would residing at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for six months, this became a hugely anticipated destination for me.

At first, I didn’t know what to expect or what I’d be allowed to do? I didn’t know if there would be a No Photography rule. But with iPhones these days, how is that enforceable? Indeed, as long as there was no flash photography, you could take pictures of anything you wanted.

The poster wall as seen through one of the F 0.75 lenses used for shooting under candlelight for “Barry Lyndon.” Notice, it’s just glass. To get that much light into the camera there is not even an F-stop iris in the lens. It’s essentially just a tube with glass for mounting onto the camera.

My pal Mike Williams and I were there on Monday April 8 2013 when the doors opened at 11 AM. We didn’t emerge back into the light of day until 4 PM — five hours later! And I had taken over 600 photos. In fact, I used up the batteries of both my pocket Canon pocket camera and my iPhone by the time we left.

Mike Williams and myself at the entrance to the 2001 room.

I’ve pondered about what to blog about the exhibit here and have come to the conclusion that there’s simply too much to encapsulate into one post, so I shall be putting up posts in sections.

Stanley Kubrick was known to be a fanatic about chess. When he was a young man he would easily spend 12 hours a day at Central Park in New York playing chess for quarters. (This was the 1950s.) This was his own chess board.

I’ve already loaded all my photos onto Flickr. I shall be post more, although probably not all, here over the coming week or weeks with captions. So check back.



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Mike Carroll joined the digital revolution in 1999 with a Sony TRV900 camcorder and Final Cut Pro, when it was only Final Cut Pro and not version 2, 4 or a Suite.

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