Provided below is information on how to find descriptions of Kubrick’s photographic assignments ("jobs") housed in the Prints & Photographs Division. Also included is information about how to access the limited number of Kubrick’s LOOK images that have been digitized and details about conducting in-person research to view images and other collection documentation that may be helpful.
As researchers purchase digital copies of individual negative frames, those images are added to the online catalog. Some LOOK online records for digitized images contain more information than others. Some have item level descriptions while others include only the LOOK Job number.
Very little of Kubrick’s work for LOOK has been digitized. An on-site visit is generally necessary to conduct comprehensive research.
Depending upon what was received with the collection, LOOK Jobs can include contact sheets and photocopies of article pages that include published images, and/or negatives. Contact sheets and photocopies can be viewed on site in the reading room; no advance appointment is needed. Staff can assist you in submitting a call slip to view the material.
In some instances, a job contains negatives and no corresponding contact sheets. Negatives are stored off-site and are usually not served to researchers in order to preserve the fragile originals. However, if no contact sheets exist:
The LOOK Collection includes a log book that was maintained by the magazine: typewritten sheets of paper listing photographic assignments by photographer name. There are two sections of the log book: assignments listed alphabetically by photographer name and assignments filed roughly in chronological order. The chronological section of the log book can show Kubrick’s work in context with the other photographers working at the same time. There are eleven pages listing Kubrick Job assignments. Special arrangements must be made to view the log books.