William Klein Ametrican, b. 1928

Overview

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:

 

Anything goes.

 

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. 

Exhibitions

Caixa National Foundation, Madrid

Deichtor Hallen, Hamburg, Germany

FNAC, Paris

Fondazione Nationale della Fotografia, Turin, Italy

Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milan

Grand Manege, Moscow

Hamiltons Gallery and British Film Institute, London

Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York

Jane Jackson Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris

Polka Galerie, Paris

Pompidou Centre, Paris

Pouchkline Museum, Moscow

Saint-Gervais Center, Geneva, Switzerland

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland

Tate Modern, London

Museums and Public Collections

Guggenheim Museum, New York

 J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Museum of Modern Art, New York

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

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