Tatiana, Mary Rose and Camels, Picnic, Morocco

William Klein (born in New York, NY, on April 19, 1928) is a photographer and filmmaker. Though born in New York and educated at the City College of New York, Klein is predominantly active in France. He has directed a number of feature films, including the 1966 film Who Are You, Polly Maggoo? the Cinéma vérité documentary Grands soirs et petits matins that observes the May 1968 events in France, and the satires Mr. Freedom and Le Couple Témoin. He also directed the 1969 documentary Muhammad Ali: The Greatest. Klein's photography won the Prix Nadar in 1956. [wiki]

In just three months William Klein produced one of the most renowned books of the 1950's, Life is Good and Good for You in New York: Trance - Witness - Revels. This was intended, he said, "as a monster big-city Daily Bugle with its scandals and scoops that you’d find blowing in the streets at three in the morning." Klein had been a student of the painter Fernand Leger, whose advice had been to "get out of the studio into the streets...to be monumental." Klein’s work is monumental street art, far removed from the mainstream documentary style of the fifties. In 1958 Klein turned to film-making, only returning to photography in 1980.[V&A]

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About William Klein

The social documentary tendencies of William Klein’s oeuvre find their roots in his hometown of New York City. Though he began as a painter working in Paris and Milan, Klein was enticed back to the U.S. by photography and immediately began working for Vogue. Klein's first assignment was to create a photo-journal of New York, a project that began his raw city portraits (succeeded ones of by Rome, Tokyo, and Moscow) where he aimed to personally intervene in the images, unlike the "invisible camera" of his predecessor Henri Cartier-Bresson. Though working for Vogue primarily to fund projects such as photo books and his now cult-films (like Who Are You Polly Maggoo), Klein became a renowned and revolutionary photographer both in fashion and elsewhere. He is best known for his garish and controversial images; grainy, high-contrast, and always via wide-angle lens.

American, b. 1928, New York, New York, based in Paris, France

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
New York Photo Show, Be-hold, New York
2016
Be-hold Open House, Be-hold, Yonkers
2016
William Klein: Paris + New York + Roma, Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta