James Dean: Fifty Years Ago

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Like a restless ghost, James Dean (1931-1955) continues to haunt us. Though he died nearly fifty years ago, the enigmatic star of East of Eden (1955), Rebel without a Cause (1955), and Giant (1956) still symbolizes the mystery and torment of adolescence - an image that his sudden, violent death fixed forever in the public mind. Photographer Dennis Stock met Dean in Hollywood in 1953 and, intrigued, began to photograph him. Following him for three months on his return to his birthplace in Indiana, his journey to New York City, and then back to Hollywood, Stock recorded unforgettable and iconic views of the young actor in both his professional and his private worlds.

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Dennis Stock was born in New York City in 1928 and began his photographic apprenticeship with Gjon Mili in 1947. Since 1951, he has been associated with Magnum Photos. One-man exhibitions of his work have been shown at the Chicago Art Institute, and at galleries and museums in France, Italy, the U.S., and Japan. His photographs have been acquired by most major museum collections. Mr. Stock now lives in Connecticut. Joe Hyams, the author of James Dean: Little Boy Lost, the definitive Dean biography, has been writing about Hollywood for more than forty years. A former columnist for the New York Herald Tribune, a screenwriter, and the noted author of twenty-eight books, he was the first writer authorized by Dean's family immediately after the actor's death to write about him.

From Publishers Weekly:

Although Stock has been associated with Magnum Photos since 1951 and his work has been collected in numerous books (California Trip; Jazz Street), he remains best known for his unforgettable b&w photographs of Dean, which soared beyond routine celebrity shots. Stock's photo essay in Life, "Moody New Star," attracted attention the same week East of Eden opened in 1955, and in the years since, his photos of Dean have resurfaced in magazines, books and exhibitions. Published on the 50th anniversary of Dean's death, this collection of 80 duotones recaptures the few weeks in 1954 Stock spent with the actor in New York and his Fairmount, Ind., hometown before the two flew back to L.A. for the filming of Rebel Without a Cause. Hyams (James Dean: Little Boy Lost) calls the haunting shot of Dean alone in a rainy Times Square "one of the foremost iconic images of the 20th century." A surreal scene at the Fairmount farm shows Dean banging bongo drums for an audience of cows and pigs, and a peek inside an Actors Studio session is a rarity since Lee Strasberg "almost never let anyone photograph his classes." Stock's own brief memoir of his friendship with Dean is well written, evocative and insightful. (Aug.)
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