Before he stunned American audiences with The Shining and A Clockwork Orange, filmmaker Stanley Kubrick honed his eye behind the lens of a camera as a staff photographer for Look Magazine. Based in Des Moines, Iowa, Look Magazine was all about the photos, and in the 1940s, Kubrick took on over 300 assignments for the publication.

In 1946, he was given the job to photograph the underground life in the subways of New York City. His images capture sleepy commuters, busy subway cars, and lonely station platforms. Kubrick's work takes us back to another era, one that is both familiar and strange at the same time.

[via The Wall Breakers]