William Klein worked for Vogue Magazine in the 1960’s. Clothes and fashion never interested him. Instead he took advantage of the opportunity to experiment with the picture taking process. He introduced new techniques into the world of fashion photography. He employed wide angle and long-focus lenses. He used flash and multiple exposures. He employed natural not artificial lighting and even motion blurs. Fashion photography had never seen the likes of William Klein and as a result of his innovations the field would never be the same again. Klein’s work in photography was decidedly revolutionary; he was a nonconformist. Klein was once quoted as saying:
His purposeful “anti-techniques” would soon be copied and admired. Today his innovations are considered “technique”, and that is what makes William Klein a giant in the photography arena.
Klein's preference was to photograph magazine models right out on the street, as in Chanel Fashion, circa 1965.
Keith de Lellis Gallery
Property from the Ralph Esmerian Collection, New York, New York