William Klein

fashion, street photography

William Klein is an American photographer, painter and film maker (1928-) based in Paris, sometimes called the ‘bad boy’.He rejected the documentary objectivity (the rule at that time) and adopted an approach that erased any distance between model and photographer. He preferred to dive in the crowd and photograph very close to his subject (so much that the image could be very blurry and grainy, with violent contrasts, complex compositions, out of frame, distorsions.He is a multi-facetted portraitist and created famous cities books in New York, Rome, Paris, Tokyo and Moscow.  He disrupted fashion photography (influencing Helmut Newton, Richard Avedon, David Bailey…).  Models don’t pose anymore but they are photographed in the street, in movement.

William Klein, Gun 1, New York, 1955.jpg

William Klein, Cine poster, Tokyo, 1961.jpg

William Klein, Nina + Simone, Piazza di Spagna, Rome (Vogue), Variant, 1960.jpg


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