Rare Glimpse Into the Personal Life of Iconic James Dean

It’s fascinating to catch a glimpse into the personal life of someone as iconic as James Dean. This series by photographer Dennis Stock features a 1950s Dean in both New York City, lounging around his fifth-floor walk-up at 19 West 68th Street, and Fairmount, Indiana, visiting his hometown. At the time, the renowned actor was young and just discovering his success. Stock began this photojournalistic project because he was interested in documenting “the environments that affected and shaped the unique character of James Byron Dean” as the young man grew into his fame.

These black and white photographs are a beautiful portrayal of the actor as an average man, relaxing, reading, listening to records, and hanging out with his feet up. Though the recognizable image of the rebel walking in the rain with a cigarette dangling from his lips has become iconic, the young actor tragically died in a car crash at the age of 24 and gained this fame only after he died. He actually only stars in three films, two of which had not yet been released at the time of the accident.

Dennis Stock for LIFE magazine
via [This Isn’t Happiness], [Architectural Digest]

November 29, 2016

Klimt-Inspired Golden Map of Manhattan Celebrates the Bright Lights of New York at Night

Though designer Rafael Esquer has lived in New York City for 20 years, he’s still in awe of its bright lights and buzzing nightlife. As the founder of Alfalfa Studio, a branding and graphic design house based in Lower Manhattan, he creates pieces inspired by his enlightening experiences in the Big Apple. His latest project, a shimmering map entitled Iconic New York Illuminated, captures the magic of Manhattan after dark.

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