Dennis Stock was born in 1928 in New York City. After serving some time in the United States Navy, he apprenticed with LIFE magazine photographer Gjon Mili, and later joined Magnum Photos in 1951. In the 1960s and 1970s, Stock photographed many Hollywood stars, including James Dean [Slide 1] and Audrey Hepburn [Slide 2], as well as jazz greats like Miles Davis [Slide 3]. He also traveled across the country making portraits of regular folks [Slide 6], hippies, travelers and surfers [Slide 5].
Twenty-five years worth of these Stock’s classic portraits were compiled into a book released last fall. Time Is On Your Side includes 100 black-and-white images and a forward by Anton Corbjin. “I regret never having met Dennis Stock, nor having been aware of his work the way I am now, in mid-edit on a film called LIFE that focuses on his work with James Dean,” Corbjin writes. “Having looked in depth over the last year or so at his photographs, I find that his incredible eye for detail in life, humor, man and surrounding made me want to explore more, go out into the world and discover how much there is to see.”
Stock produced a book or exhibition of his work every year since the 1950s before passing away in 2010. He taught workshops, and worked as a writer, director and producer for both television and film, and also served as president of Magnum’s film and new media division in 1969 and 1970. For more about Stock, visit Magnum’s website.