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Dennis Stock

Dennis Stock (b.1928) was born in New York City. At the age of 17, he left home to join the United States Navy. 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. Stock managed to evoke the spirit of America through his memorable and iconic portraits of Hollywood stars, most notably James Dean. From 1957 to 1960 Stock made lively portraits of jazz musicians for his book Jazz Street (1960). In 1968, Stock took a leave of absence from Magnum to create Visual Objectives, a film production company, and he shot several documentaries. Stock has generated a book or an exhibition almost every year since the 1950s.He worked as a writer, director and producer for television and film, and his photographs have been acquired by most major museum collections.