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Stanley Kubrick's New York
"Rosemary Williams showgirl with self portrait," 1949; Copyright Stanley Kubrick courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York

Before A Clockwork Orange, 2001 and The Shining, Stanley Kubrick photographed the streets of 1940s New York for Look magazine, having sold his first print to the periodical when he was just 17.

The Museum of the City of New York recently unearthed some of these treasures for a limited-edition sale in partnership with online art dealer VandM, and the results are just as dramatic and haunting as you'd imagine.

The prints (which range from $250 to $2,500, depending on size) chronicle both the spectacle and the ordinariness of city life, from the grandeur of the Palisades Amusement Park to the monotony of a dentist office waiting room.

Kubrick's interest in weirdness and mystery are apparent throughout, and we love his frank portrayal of New York's oddest characters, like the sideshow performer, the child boxer and the Dr. Strangelove-esque Columbia University scientist.

Our favorite shot, however, is this photograph of top showgirl Rosemary Williams in which the future filmmaker appears (in the mirror) as a disconcerting and unapologetic voyeur.

Even if you're not in the market for a Kubrick original, the photos are awfully cool to browse.

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