Noted photographer Dennis Stock, 81, passed away on Monday evening, January 11, 2010. Born in 1928 and a photographer with Magnum Photos for nearly 50 years, he was one of the first Americans to join that agency.
Dennis was particularly well known for his intimate and iconic photographs of James Dean for Life magazine, which were taken shortly before the young actor's untimely death in 1955. He will also be remembered for his unique and often atmospheric photographs of the New Orleans jazz scene of the late 1950's, which were published in his book, Jazz Street.
In the 1960's, he documented the world of the counterculture, ultimately publishing the monograph, "California Trip". Later in life, he began to work more extensively in color, attracted especially to the natural world.
Dennis was the author of 27 books, and his work is in museum collections around the world, including the International Center of Photography, the Chicago Institute of Art, and the Musée d'Arte Moderne de la ville de Paris.
Here is how Dennis described his life as a photographer: "I have been privileged to view much of life through my cameras, making the journey an enlightened experience."