William Klein Paintings, Etc.
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William Klein is cult figure in photography and film, and although long noted as a painter, his early work has remained largely unseen for over sixty years. This book presents a selection of extremely rare Klein paintings from the late 1940s and early 1950s. It also includes projects for murals, some of which executed on a monumental scale for the first time, Lettrist works, fashion photographs and `Printed Contacts.' The show also maps a decisive moment in the artist's development: in 1952, while photographing his painted `Turning Panels' commissioned by architect Angelo Mangiarotti, Klein captured the blur of objects in movement. The incident set the artist off on a series of experiments in the dark room, in which he developed the blueprint of his photographic abstraction. Giving a new perspective on his entire career, this book clearly portrays the foundations of Klein's unique visual language as his trajectory is traced through painting, architecture, photography, books and film.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 104 pages
  • 250 x 345 x 15.24mm | 870g
  • London, Italy
  • English
  • Illustrated in colour and duotone throughout
  • 8869654001
  • 9788869654008
  • 2,277,914

About William Klein

William Klein (born in New York, New York, USA, on April 19, 1928) is a photographer and filmmaker noted to for his ironic approach to both media and his extensive use of unusual photographic techniques in the context of photojournalism and fashion photography. He was ranked 25th on Professional Photographer's Top 100 Most influential photographers.
Trained as a painter, Klein studied under Fernand Leger and found early success with exhibitions of his work. However, he soon moved on to photography and achieved widespread fame as a fashion photographer for Vogue and for his photo essays on various cities. Despite having no training as a photographer, Klein won the Prix Nadar in 1957 for New York, a book of photographs taken during a brief return to his hometown in 1954. Klein's work was considered revolutionary for its "ambivalent and ironic approach to the world of fashion," its "uncompromising rejection of the then prevailing rules of photography" and for his extensive use of wide-angle and telephoto lenses, natural lighting and motion blur. Klein tends to be cited in photography books along with Robert Frank as among the fathers of street photography, one of those mixed compliments that classifies a man who is hard to classify.[4] The world of fashion would become the subject for Klein's first feature film, Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?, which, like his other two fiction features, Mr. Freedom and The Model Couple, is a satire.
Klein has directed numerous short and feature-length documentaries and has produced over 250 television commercials.
Though American by birth, Klein has lived and worked in France since his late teens. His work has sometimes been openly critical of American society and foreign policy; the film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum once wrote that Klein's 1968 satire Mr. Freedom was "conceivably the most anti-American movie ever made." David Campany

David Campany
David Campany is a writer, curator and Reader in Photography at the University of Westminster, London. His books include Art and Photography (Phaidon 2003), Photography and Cinema (Reaktion 2008), ANONYMES: l'amerique sand nom- photographies et cinema (Steidl/Le Bal, 2010) and Jeff Wall: Picture for Women (Afterall, MIT 2011). His essays have appeared in numerous books. He writes for Aperture, Frieze, Photoworks, Source, The Oxford Art Journal, and PA magazine.
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