Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Shining Exposed!

Spoiler alert!  I'm going to reveal the final shot of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining (1980).  Avert your eyes, and click away now if you don't want to have the ending of this famous horror film completely ruined.

Consider yourself fairly warned.  Counting down to the big shocking reveal...

One,

Two,

Three...


Okay that wasn't a very big deal.  Most everyone has seen this.  At least I hope you've seen it - the movie is 32 years old for goodness sake.  Also much better versions of this photo suitable for desktop wallpaper can easily be found around the internets.

But what cannot be easily found is the original untouched 1923 photo.  You know, before Jack Nicholson's head was inserted over some unknown guy.  So here we go ladies and gentlemen, the man who's head was covered by Jack's head is at last finally reveled...



The above images are found on a page from The Complete Airbrush and Photo-Retouching Manual by Peter Owen & John Sutcliffe originally published in 1985.



It's interesting the movie The Shining is never credited for some reason on the above page from the book. 

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nice find. Are there any photos in the book showing the right hand of the man whose face Jack Nicholson was pasted onto?

Anonymous said...

Indeed, great would, would love a high resolution copy of the entire original picture!

David W. said...

Anonymous #1 - What you see is all there is.

Anonymous #2 - There are high resolution copies of the Nicholson photo out there, but the original picture, I think this is it...

Jeremy S. said...

The whole film developing process and airbrushing is fascinating to me, as someone who uses Photoshop to do the same thing. One of the reasons why Ansel Adams is one of my all time favorite photographers is that he did his color-grading by using different developing techniques, re-developing prints and using different filters in front of the lens.

londonlee said...

I was at art college in England in the pre-digital era and one day we had a class in photo retouching given by the very woman who did the photo for the movie (she told us during the class). Can't remember her name unfortunately.

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