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Dennis Stock, friend and photographer of James Dean, dies at 81

January 13, 2010 |  1:17 pm


Dennis Stock, a photographer whose iconic images of James Dean helped seal the actor's legacy after his death in 1955, died Monday in Saratoga, Fla., the Magnum photo agency announced today. He was 81.

Stock Stock shot Dean during the filming of "Rebel Without a Cause" and in the actor's hometown of Fairmount, Ind. But his best known photo was of Dean walking in the rain in Times Square.

Stock also documented the hippie lifestyle in the 1960s as well as jazz figures in New Orleans and elsewhere.  

A selection of his photos can be seen at the Magnum website here. Have any favorites? Let us know. Later today we'll have a photo gallery posted at, along with a full obituary.

-- Claire Noland

Photo: James Dean in New York City, 1955. Credit: Dennis Stock / Magnum