William Klein

A photographer, painter, filmmaker, and graphic artist, William Klein is one of the most influential and controversial artists of the 20th century. Born in New York in 1928, he grew up in Manhattan and, after finishing his university studies, undertook his military service. Demobilised in Paris, Klein decided to remain there and devote himself to painting, which he studied briefly with Fernand Léger. In 1954, he devised a photographic diary of his return to New York. Published in 1956, Life is Good and Good For You in New York: Trance, Witness, Revels was published in Europe but was deemed too violent for the United States. In the wake of this success, a series of books dedicated to other major cities in the world followed: Rome in 1956, Moscow between 1959 and 1961, Tokyo in 1961, then Paris, with a majority of images dating from the years 2000-2002. After working on films for several years, Klein returned to photography in the 1980s and continues to publish many books. William Klein has received numerous distinctions and was awarded the rank of Commander of the French Order of Arts and Letters.

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