William Klein - Dorothy + Hotel du Sud
William Klein
Dorothy + Hotel du Sud
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1963, Printed Later
41 1/4 x 32 1/4 inches

Signed, titled and dated in ink on mount verso

Hat and Five Roses, Paris (Vogue)
William Klein
Hat and Five Roses, Paris (Vogue)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1956, Printed Later
41 x 29 Inches

Signed, titled, and dated in ink on mount verso.

William Klein - Anouk Aimee, Paris
William Klein
Anouk Aimee, Paris
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1961, Printed Later
29 x 41 Inches

Signed, titled and dated in ink on mount verso.

William Klein - Dorothy + Japanese Lights, Paris
William Klein
Dorothy + Japanese Lights, Paris
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1962, Printed Later
19 1/2 x 16 Inches

Signed, titled and dated in pencil on print verso

William Klein - Dorothy + Formfit, Paris
William Klein
Dorothy + Formfit, Paris
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1960, printed later
19 5/8 X 15 3/4 inches

Signed, titled and dated in pencil on print verso.

William Klein - Dorothy + Scout + Ball, Paris (Vogue)
William Klein
Dorothy + Scout + Ball, Paris (Vogue)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1960, printed later
15 3/4 X 11 3/4 inches

Signed, titled and dated in pencil on print verso.

William Klein - Opera + Blank Faces, Paris
William Klein
Opera + Blank Faces, Paris
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1963, printed later
19 5/8 X 23 5/8 inches

Signed, titled and dated in pencil on print verso.

William Klein - Club Allegro Fortissimo, Paris
William Klein
Club Allegro Fortissimo, Paris
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1990, printed later
15 1/4 x 19 1/2 inches

Signed, titled and dated in pencil on print verso.

William Klein - Models backstage, film "Who are you, Polly Magoo?"
William Klein
Models backstage, film "Who are you, Polly Magoo?"
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1966, printed later
15 1/4 x 19 1/2 inches

Signed, titled and dated in pencil on print verso.

William Klein - Antonia + Simone + Barber Shop, New York (Vogue)
William Klein
Antonia + Simone + Barber Shop, New York (Vogue)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1961, printed later
19 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches

Signed, titled and dated in pencil on print verso.

William Klein first gained distinction in the mid-twentieth century for his original approach of creating ironic fashion photography through using innovative and unusual techniques. Now widely considered both a revolutionary photographer and filmmaker, Klein originally trained as a painter studying under Fernand Léger in the 1950s bringing an artist’s sensibility to all the media in which he worked. It would be the medium of photography in which Klein first achieved widespread acclaim shooting street photography of various cities winning the Prix Nadar in 1957 for his images of New York City. He also created avant-garde commercial fashion photography during his time at Vogue from 1954 to 1966 earning a reputation as an iconoclast using wide-angled lenses to create surreal effects and introducing movement and energy in the form of blurred motion into his naturally lit street shoots that often mockingly approached the world of fashion.

By the beginning of the 1960s when Klein was solidifying his reputation as a photographer, he was turning increasingly towards filmmaking blurring the boundaries between both mediums. He said, “I learned a lot taking fashion photographs – how to use lights, sets, locations – how to come up with ideas under pressure. Which was preparation for later doing tight movie schedules.” Carrying over Klein’s ironic approach to fashion, his first full-length film that he wrote, directed, and designed was the satire “Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?” Made in 1965 and 1966, it was inspired by his years at Vogue becoming a kind of unsympathetic postscript to his fashion years and the media even including a spoof of Diana Vreeland. Like his other two fiction features, "Mr. Freedom” and "Le Couple Témoin", it is a satire. Klein has directed numerous short and feature-length documentaries and has produced over 250 television commercials. Today he is most remembered for his unorthodox photographic techniques which jolted the world in the 1950s and 1960s forever changing how the medium.

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