Before Stanley Kubrick became a world-renowned filmmaker, he was a photographer. The fledgling auteur started snapping photos for Look magazine at the tender age of 17 -- capturing the mood of post-war America. Kubrick's photos were as meticulous as his films would be -- obsessed with capturing the perfect image no matter what the cost. His pictures, like his movies, are visually stunning -- able to convey all sorts of feelings and emotions through a single image.

Currently, there's an exhibition of Kubrick's photographs taken between 1945 and 1950 that's touring through Italy. The collection is set to move to the Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere e Arti at Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti and open on August 28th -- just in time to coincide with the Venice Film Festival.

The exhibit will feature 200 photos taken by Kubrick -- many stark black-and-whites with compelling subjects. Broken down into eight sections, the photos cover everything from a day at the Ringling Circus headquarters in Sarasota, Florida to a nude model posing for an art class. The images themselves are striking, but the real interest for me lies in the opportunity to not only see how a young Kubrick framed the world around him, but in figuring out how these images would morph into what he shot for his films.

If you happen to be heading to Venice, the exhibit will be on display from August 28th through November 14th. Visit the show's website for further details.