Dennis Stock: James Dean

Dennis Stock, Joe Hyams

An intimate and searching visual portrait of the star-crossed Hollywood icon, James Dean


With three major films—East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause, and Giant—all released within a year of each other and within months of his tragic death, James Dean captured the world’s imagination and has never let it go.

Magnum photographer Dennis Stock met James Dean at the Château Marmont in Hollywood in 1954, and they became fast friends. Stock captured Dean’s essence in a stunning series of images of the actor in the midst of family and friends, as well as alone, sleeping, lost in thought, in the frozen fields of Indiana, and on a rainy day in Manhattan. It was an extraordinary collaboration between two people in full command of their respective talents.

In the words of the Life magazine article that accompanied the first publication of these photographs, James Dean was “the most exciting actor to hit Hollywood since Marlon Brando,” but at the time the photographs were taken, he was still poised on the brink of fame. Dennis Stock: James Dean reintroduces these iconic photographs, taken at the dawn and high noon of a brief and brilliant career, with Dennis Stock’s original accompanying text and a later introduction by Joe Hyams.


Dennis Stock


Dennis Stock (1928-2010) was born in New York City. He was a member of Magnum Photos from 1951 until his death in 2010. He was also a writer, director, and producer for television and film and his photographs are in the collections of many major museums and galleries.

Joe Hyams

Introduction By

Joe Hyams (1923-2008) was a Hollywood columnist who wrote for the New York Herald Tribune and many other publications. He wrote or co-wrote some 30 books, including James Dean: Little Boy Lost in 1992.