Life: James Dean

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I recently watched the film ‘Life’ – which is based on the true friendship of photographer Dennis Stock and James Dean that occurred when Stock was on assignment to shoot a photo essay of Dean before his rise to fame.

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Directed by Anton Corbijn and written by Luke Davies it is an interestingly, quiet and slow movie about the making of these iconic images.

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Barbershop in N.Y.

Whilst it was met with mixed reviews, particularly claims by those that knew the late Dennis Stock to be an inaccurate portrayal of his character & their friendship – it is still definately worth a watch.

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Starring Robert Pattinson as Stock and Dane DeHaan as Dean it is set in early 1955 – and sees the pair travel to James Deans family home – a cattle farm in Indiana. Sadly this is the last visit James makes home as he is killed later that year in September.

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James Dean spent his youth on his uncle Marcus Winslow’s Indiana farm.

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James Dean attending dance classes given by Katherine Dunham, New York City, 1955.

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James Dean in his aunt and uncle's basement in Indiana, 1955.

James Dean in his aunt and uncle’s basement in Indiana, 1955.

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USA. New York City. 1955. James DEAN in his apartment on West 68th Street.

USA. New York City. 1955. James DEAN in his apartment on West 68th Street.

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Below photo for cover of Vanity Fair Italia.

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All above photos by Dennis Stock for Magnum.

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