William Klein: ABC

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Born in New York in 1929, William Klein is one of the leading photographers of the postwar era, as well as an influential filmmaker, painter, and graphic artist. This astonishing book, selected and designed by Klein himself, offers a visual survey of his long and varied career. It includes his poetic street photography of New York, Moscow, Rome, Tokyo, and Paris; his exciting fashion photography; stills and posters from his bitingly satirical films; and his graphically powerful ...

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Overview

Born in New York in 1929, William Klein is one of the leading photographers of the postwar era, as well as an influential filmmaker, painter, and graphic artist. This astonishing book, selected and designed by Klein himself, offers a visual survey of his long and varied career. It includes his poetic street photography of New York, Moscow, Rome, Tokyo, and Paris; his exciting fashion photography; stills and posters from his bitingly satirical films; and his graphically powerful painted contact sheets.
Klein, whose achievement puts him on a level with Robert Frank, Richard Avedon, and Irving Penn, lives in Paris and is revered in Europe. This is the first comprehensive book on his work published in the United States in 20 years.

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Whether photographing fashion icons in furry caps or overweight ladies in a steam bath, William Klein captures humanity even while adding an extra twist of irony. This large format coffee-table pictorial celebrating the work of this octogenarian artist is the first comprehensive book of his work published in this country in two decades. Editor's recommendation.

Publishers Weekly
This inclusive overview of Klein's career as a photographer, filmmaker, and painter celebrates the pioneering artist for his unconventional methods and their lasting influence on the genres he helped form. The bulk of the book consists of images culled from his long career, including selections from his photo-book Life is Good and Good for You in New York (winner of the 1956 Prix Nadar) and similar projects on Tokyo, Moscow, and Paris, as well as images from his satirical and documentary films and fashion photography. Klein selected the images himself and they demonstrate a consistency of style and technique, collapsing decades of work into a familiar and singular points of reference. A formative photographer in several genres, Klein's move into the medium from his training as a painter resulted in work that bucked the trends and techniques of his early decades, and David Campany's brief opening essay positions him as an artist who is equally of his time and willing to transcend it. The book's lasting value lies in the opportunity to see Klein himself scanning decades of work and selecting images that still resonate with him today—a project that offers incisive glimpses into both his photography and the culture that bore it. Color images. (Mar)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781419707490
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/26/2013
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 925,877
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

William Klein has been creating groundbreaking photographic books since the 1950s. He lives in Paris. David Campany is a writer, curator, teacher, and the author of several books, including Photography and Cinema and Art and Photography. He lives in London.

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