#TheArmoryShow2013 #PickOfTheDay: William Klein

Stasya Chyzhykova
Mar 2, 2013 5:13PM

Fernand Léger's student, William Klein was trained as a painter and never received professional education in photography. 

He worked for Vogue in 1950s as he had an agreement with Alexander Liberman, the magazine's art director. The artist agreed to take fashion photographs while Vogue would finance Klein's photo book of experimental street photographs

Klein brought his passion, street photography, to fashion. The photograph Nina + Simone, Piazza di Spagna, Rome is part of the series Klein took in Europe for Vogue. Using a telephoto lens, Klein photographed models in fashionable clothes crossing streets and getting through traffic. 

Four William Klein works are part of The Armory Show and are on view between March 7 and 10. 

NYC's Howard Greenberg gallery opened an exhibition of Klein's early, rarely seen photographs yesterday. The show will run through April 27th. 

Stasya Chyzhykova