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December 14, 2022

35 Amazing Portrait Photos of Celebrities by Dennis Stock in the 1950s

Born 1928 in New York City, American journalist and professional photographer Dennis Stock left home to join the United States Navy at the age of 17. In 1947, he became an apprentice to Life magazine photographer Gjon Mili and won first prize in Life’s Young Photographers contest. He joined Magnum in 1951.

Celebrities photographed by Dennis Stock in the 1950s

Stock managed to evoke the spirit of America through his memorable and iconic portraits of Hollywood stars, most notably James Dean. In 1968, Stock took a leave of absence from Magnum to create Visual Objectives, a film production company, and he shot several documentaries. In the late 1960s, he captured the attempts of California hippies to reshape society according to ideals of love and caring.

Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Stock worked on color books, emphasizing the beauty of nature through details and landscape. In the 1990s he went back to his urban origins, exploring the modern architecture of large cities. His recent work was mostly focused on the abstraction of flowers.

Stock generated a book or an exhibition almost every year since the 1950s. He taught numerous workshops and exhibited his work widely in France, Germany, Italy, the United States and Japan. He worked as a writer, director and producer for television and film, and his photographs have been acquired by most major museum collections. He served as president of Magnum’s film and new media division in 1969 and 1970.

Dennis Stock resided in Woodstock, New York, and his widow is the author Susan Richards. He died in 2010 at the age of 81. These photos are part of his work that Stock took portraits of celebrities in the 1950s.

Model Lisa Fonssagrives in ensemble by Schiaparelli, photo by Dennis Stock, Paris, 1952

Lauren Bacall with children Steven and Leslie Bogart, photo by Dennis Stock, circa 1953

Marilyn Monroe visits Marlon Brando on the set of ‘Desirée’, directed by Henry Koster, photo by Dennis Stock, 1953

Marilyn Monroe watching the shooting of the film 'Desireé', photo by Dennis Stock, 1953

Marilyn Monroe watching the shooting of the film 'Desireé', photo by Dennis Stock, 1953

Actress Jean Simmons on the set of ‘Guys & Dolls’ directed by Joseph Mankiewicz, photo by Dennis Stock, 1954

Audrey Hepburn being directed by Billy Wilder on location in New York City for the film ‘Sabrina’, photo by Dennis Stock, 1954

Audrey Hepburn during the filming of ‘Sabrina’, photo by Dennis Stock, Long Island, New York, 1954

Audrey Hepburn during the filming of ‘Sabrina’, photo by Dennis Stock, Long Island, New York, 1954

Audrey Hepburn during the filming of ‘Sabrina’, photo by Dennis Stock, Long Island, New York, 1954

Audrey Hepburn during the filming of ‘Sabrina’, photo by Dennis Stock, Long Island, New York, 1954

Audrey Hepburn during the filming of ‘Sabrina’, photo by Dennis Stock, Long Island, New York, 1954

Audrey Hepburn on location for ‘Sabrina’ directed by Billy Wilder, photo by Dennis Stock, Long Island, New York, 1954

Audrey Hepburn on location in Glen Cove, Long Island, New York, for the film ‘Sabrina’, photo by Dennis Stock, 1954

Audrey Hepburn on the set of 'Sabrina', photo by Dennis Stock, 1954

Audrey Hepburn on the set of 'Sabrina', photo by Dennis Stock, 1954

Audrey Hepburn wearing Humphrey Bogart's jacket takes a break on the set of ‘Sabrina’, photo by Dennis Stock, Long Island, New York, 1954

Audrey near Wall St. during filming of 'Sabrina', photo by Dennis Stock, New York City, 1954

Maila Nurmi, star of TV series ‘The Vampira Show’, photo by Dennis Stock, Hollywood, 1954

Iconic photo of James Dean in Times Square, New York City, photo by Dennis Stock, 1955

James Dean with actress Geraldine Page in her dressing room, photo by Dennis Stock, New York City, 1955

Natalie Wood and James Dean during shooting of ‘Rebel Without a Cause’, photo by Dennis Stock, 1955

Natalie Wood and James Dean in scene from ‘Rebel Without a Cause’, photo by Dennis Stock, 1955

Grace Kelly during filming of ‘High Society’, directed by Charles Walters, photo by Dennis Stock, 1956

Grace Kelly during the filming of ‘High Society’, photo by Dennis Stock, Hollywood, 1956

Grace Kelly in her dressing room adjusts her handbag by Hermès named for her (the Kelly bag), photo by Dennis Stock during the filming of ‘High Society’, Hollywood, 1956

Grace Kelly in her dressing room during the filming of ‘High Society’, photo by Dennis Stock, 1956

Grace Kelly in her dressing room trailer during the making of the film ‘High Society’, photo by Dennis Stock, Hollywood, 1956

Grace Kelly on the Hollywood studio lot during the filming of ‘High Society’, with Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, photo by Dennis Stock, 1956

Grace Kelly on the set of ‘High Society’, directed by Charles Walters, photo by Dennis Stock, 1956

Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis at their home in Hollywood, photo by Dennis Stock, 1957

Sophia Loren and Cary Grant at press conference for the film ‘The Pride and the Passion’, photo by Dennis Stock, Hollywood, 1957

Miles Davis, photo by Dennis Stock, 1958

Romy Schneider and her mother Magda (also an actress) visit New York City, photo by Dennis Stock, 1958

Romy Schneider during her visit to New York City, photo by Dennis Stock, 1958

(Photo © Dennis Stock)




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