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Stanley Kubrick for LOOK Magazine

Rights and Restrictions Information

Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., 20540-4730

Stanley Kubrick’s photographs are included in the LOOK Magazine Photograph Collection.

Access: Subject to P&P policy on serving originals.

Reproduction (photocopying, hand-held camera copying, photoduplication and other forms of copying allowed by "fair use"): Subject to P&P policy on copying.

Publication and other forms of distribution: Restrictions include:

  • Subject Rights: Privacy and publicity rights of subjects depicted in the photographs may apply. For more information, see

  • Donor Restriction: Cowles Communications, Inc., transferred all of its copyrights in the LOOK Magazine Photograph Collection to the United States, but asked that the Library convey Cowles’ desire that the photographs are “Not to be used for advertising or trade purposes.”  The Library cannot provide further interpretation of this phrase.

  • Photographer Rights: Copyright to photographs not produced by LOOK staff photographers may be retained by the photographer and/or his or her heirs.  It is the researcher’s obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other use restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the Library’s collections. 

Updated Kubrick Rights Statement -- Communications from Kubrick Family and Estate: Based on communications with Stanley Kubrick’s family in 2001-2002, this rights statement originally said that there were no restrictions on Stanley Kubrick’s work for LOOK Magazine.  In 2011, the Kubrick estate told the Library that Stanley Kubrick had been a staff photographer for only some of the period represented in the LOOK Magazine Photograph Collection.  The Kubrick estate recognizes that Stanley Kubrick was a LOOK staff photographer from January 7, 1947 to September 12, 1950.

Contact Information: Stanley Kubrick died on March 7, 1999. SK Film Archives, LLC, a company owned by the Stanley Kubrick family trusts, has informed the Library that it holds all rights in Stanley Kubrick's intellectual properties. Permissions requests may be directed to:

SK Film Archives LLC
c/o Wilmington Trust Company, Trustee Stanley Kubrick 1981 Trust
Rodney Square North
1100 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE 19890
Attention: Managing Director

Credit Line: Stanley Kubrick, photographer, LOOK Magazine Photograph Collection, Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, [Reproduction number e.g., LC-L9-60-8812, frame 8].

For more information, please read: Copyright and Other Restrictions That Apply to Publication/Distribution of Images: Assessing the Risk of Using a P&P Image

Last revised: January 31, 2012.

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