In February 1955, when Dennis Stock became a full-partner member to Magnum agency rather late, Life magazine commissioned him to contribute a photo story on James Dean (1931–1955). The 24-year-old actor had recently completed the filming of »East of Eden«, where he laid the foundation of his image as an impetuous, melancholy rebel. When posthumous fame made him an idol, this feature story also had a stimulating influence on Stock's career as a photojournalist.
In comparison with the widely known motif showing Dean with pulled-up collar on a rain-soaked day at Times Square, this portrait reveals much more of the person behind the myth, as Dean is addressing the camera with a charming glance.
Gelatin silver print, print date: 1960s
Bildmaße 29,8 x 20,9 cm (29,8 x 20,9 inch)
Objektmaße 29,8 x 20,9 cm (29,8 x 20,9 inch)
Montage, Rahmen Archival mat board 40x30 cm
Double weight baryta paper, semi-matte surface
Photographer's agency stamp and negative no. stamp »56-7-16/9« in ink, handwritten notations in pencil on the reverse
»Moody New Star«, in: Life magazine, vol. 38, no. 10, New York, March 7, 1955, p. 125-128; Hans-Michael Koetzle (ed.), Augen Auf! 100 Jahre Leica, Heidelberg 2014, p. 323.
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