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Ali + Bundini, Miami, Florida, United States, February 1964 (painted in 2010)

William Klein

born in 1928 in New York (United States)

Ali + Bundini, Miami, Florida, United States, February 1964 (painted in 2010)

William Klein discovered Europe while doing his military service (1948-1951). He then signed up for classes at La Sorbonne, and later studied painting under Fernand Léger. His interest for photography began in 1951 while he was working on an architectural project in Italy to create murals on moveable panels. In 1954, he met Alexander Liberman, who was artistic director of Vogue at the time, with who he started collaborating regularly. His first book, Life is Good and Good for You in New York: Trance Witness Revels,came out in 1956. It was awarded the Nadar prize the following year, which prompted Federico Fellini to ask William Klein to become his assistant.> Read more

The end of the fifties and the following decade were prolific for Klein. The multidisciplinary artist released several books – Rome, Moscow, Tokyo – as well as movies – Cassius the Great, Who Are You, Polly Maggoo? – and television shorts such as Au grands magasins. For a while, he put photography aside to focus solely on directing long features including Far from Vietnam (1967), Mr. Freedom (1969), Muhammad Ali, the Greatest (1974), and Le couple témoin (1976). The late eighties marked his return to photography. He published several books - Close Up (1989), Torino' 90 (1990), In & Out of Fashion (1994) - while continuing to produce movies. Since, his production has barely slowed and his work has been shown in museums across the world. In 2005, the Centre Pompidou in Paris debuted a major retrospective of his work and co-published with Marval the book Retrospective.

In many of his latest projects, Klein revisited some of his famous photographs and interacted with his works by applying paint on blown-up contact sheets in strokes reminiscent of the marks made by photographers when editing.

Throughout his career, William Klein has received many distinctions: Prix Nadar (1957), Prix Jean Vigo (1967), the Hasselblad Award (1990), the rank of Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres de France (1991), Grand Prix National de France (1999), and The Royal Photographic Society's Centenary Medal and Honorary Fellowship (1999), as well as the Grand Prize at the 2004 Moscow Biennale and the American Art Institute Grand Prize in 2008.

Selected Exhibitions

Selected Exhibitions

WIlliam Klein

Festival Foto, Istanbul, 2014

Retrospective

William Klein + Daido Moriyama

Tate Modern, London, UK, 2012

ROMA + KLEIN

Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France, 2002

Réalités

Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France, 2008

Italie double vision

Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France, 2007

Rétrospective

Centre Pompidou, Paris, France, 2005

William Klein

Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France, 2002

William Klein

Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA, 1995

Rétrospective

Centre Pompidou, Paris, France, 1983

50 years of VOGUE

Musée Jacquemart André, Paris, France, 1982

William Klein

Museum of Modern Art, New York, Etats-Unis, 1980

Photography of the Fifties: An American Perspective

ICP, New York, USA, 1980

Press

William Klein Polka #29

Polka Magazine #29

William Klein : l'oeil absolu

Marianne Blog, march 2015

William Klein : Brooklyn Digital

Polka #25, mars 2014

William Klein : Klein d'oeil

L'Express, march 26th, 2014

William Klein : Klein-Moriyama, le choc des titans

Polka #19, août 2011

William Klein : Kiss Bill

Polka #13, mai 2011

William Klein : Rebelles

Polka #11, novembre 2010

William Klein : Muhammad Ali

Polka #11, novembre 2010

William Klein : Trois photographies sur un plateau

Polka #8, février 2010

William Klein : Par William Klein

Polka #5, mai 2009

Exhibitions at Polka Galerie

Exhibitions at Polka Galerie

Tokyo 1961 + KLEIN Tokyo 1961 + KLEIN Tokyo 1961 + KLEIN Tokyo 1961 + KLEIN Tokyo 1961 + KLEIN

William Klein

Tokyo 1961 + KLEIN
March 7 - May 9, 2015
Brooklyn + William Klein Brooklyn + William Klein Brooklyn + William Klein Brooklyn + William Klein Brooklyn + William Klein

William Klein

Brooklyn + William Klein
March 22 - May 24, 2014
Itinérances Itinérances Itinérances Itinérances Itinérances

William Klein

Itinérances
May 27 - July 30, 2011
Ali + Klein Ali + Klein Ali + Klein Ali + Klein Ali + Klein

William Klein

Ali + Klein
November 19, 2010 - February 19, 2011
Action Action Action Action Action

William Klein

Action
March 11 - June 5, 2010
William Klein & Cie William Klein & Cie William Klein & Cie William Klein & Cie William Klein & Cie

William Klein

William Klein & Cie
June 4 - August 8, 2009

Selected Publications

Tokyo Tokyo Tokyo Tokyo Tokyo

William Klein

Tokyo
Zokeisha Publication
Brooklyn + Klein Brooklyn + Klein Brooklyn + Klein Brooklyn + Klein Brooklyn + Klein

William Klein

Brooklyn + Klein
ÉDITIONS CONTRASTO
Paintings, etc. Paintings, etc. Paintings, etc. Paintings, etc. Paintings, etc.

William Klein

Paintings, etc.
éditions Contrasto
Films Films Films Films Films

William Klein

Films
Éditions Marval
Roma + Klein Roma + Klein Roma + Klein Roma + Klein Roma + Klein

William Klein

Roma + Klein
éditions du Chêne
Contacts Contacts Contacts Contacts Contacts

William Klein

Contacts
éditions Contrasto
Rétrospective Rétrospective Rétrospective Rétrospective Rétrospective

William Klein

Rétrospective
éditions Contrasto
Paris + Klein Paris + Klein Paris + Klein Paris + Klein Paris + Klein

William Klein

Paris + Klein
éditions Marval
New York 1954 - 55 New York 1954 - 55 New York 1954 - 55 New York 1954 - 55 New York 1954 - 55

William Klein

New York 1954 - 55
éditions Marval
In & Out of Fashion In & Out of Fashion In & Out of Fashion In & Out of Fashion In & Out of Fashion

William Klein

In & Out of Fashion
éditions du Seuil
Moscou Moscou Moscou Moscou Moscou

William Klein

Moscou
Die Zeit
Rome Rome Rome Rome Rome

William Klein

Rome
éditions du Seuil
Life is Good and Good for You in New York. Trance Witness Revels Life is Good and Good for You in New York. Trance Witness Revels Life is Good and Good for You in New York. Trance Witness Revels Life is Good and Good for You in New York. Trance Witness Revels Life is Good and Good for You in New York. Trance Witness Revels

William Klein

Life is Good and Good for You in New York. Trance Witness Revels
édition du Seuil

William Klein discovered Europe while doing his military service (1948-1951). He then signed up for classes at La Sorbonne, and later studied painting under Fernand Léger. His interest for photography began in 1951 while he was working on an architectural project in Italy to create murals on moveable panels. In 1954, he met Alexander Liberman, who was artistic director of Vogue at the time, with who he started collaborating regularly. His first book, Life is Good and Good for You in New York: Trance Witness Revels,came out in 1956. It was awarded the Nadar prize the following year, which prompted Federico Fellini to ask William Klein to become his assistant.> Read more

The end of the fifties and the following decade were prolific for Klein. The multidisciplinary artist released several books – Rome, Moscow, Tokyo – as well as movies – Cassius the Great, Who Are You, Polly Maggoo? – and television shorts such as Au grands magasins. For a while, he put photography aside to focus solely on directing long features including Far from Vietnam (1967), Mr. Freedom (1969), Muhammad Ali, the Greatest (1974), and Le couple témoin (1976). The late eighties marked his return to photography. He published several books - Close Up (1989), Torino' 90 (1990), In & Out of Fashion (1994) - while continuing to produce movies. Since, his production has barely slowed and his work has been shown in museums across the world. In 2005, the Centre Pompidou in Paris debuted a major retrospective of his work and co-published with Marval the book Retrospective.

In many of his latest projects, Klein revisited some of his famous photographs and interacted with his works by applying paint on blown-up contact sheets in strokes reminiscent of the marks made by photographers when editing.

Throughout his career, William Klein has received many distinctions: Prix Nadar (1957), Prix Jean Vigo (1967), the Hasselblad Award (1990), the rank of Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres de France (1991), Grand Prix National de France (1999), and The Royal Photographic Society's Centenary Medal and Honorary Fellowship (1999), as well as the Grand Prize at the 2004 Moscow Biennale and the American Art Institute Grand Prize in 2008.

Exhibitions at Polka Galerie

Exhibitions at Polka Galerie

Tokyo 1961 + KLEIN Tokyo 1961 + KLEIN Tokyo 1961 + KLEIN Tokyo 1961 + KLEIN Tokyo 1961 + KLEIN

William Klein

Tokyo 1961 + KLEIN
March 7 - May 9, 2015
Brooklyn + William Klein Brooklyn + William Klein Brooklyn + William Klein Brooklyn + William Klein Brooklyn + William Klein

William Klein

Brooklyn + William Klein
March 22 - May 24, 2014
Itinérances Itinérances Itinérances Itinérances Itinérances

William Klein

Itinérances
May 27 - July 30, 2011
Ali + Klein Ali + Klein Ali + Klein Ali + Klein Ali + Klein

William Klein

Ali + Klein
November 19, 2010 - February 19, 2011
Action Action Action Action Action

William Klein

Action
March 11 - June 5, 2010
William Klein & Cie William Klein & Cie William Klein & Cie William Klein & Cie William Klein & Cie

William Klein

William Klein & Cie
June 4 - August 8, 2009

Selected Exhibitions

Selected Exhibitions

WIlliam Klein

Festival Foto, Istanbul, 2014

Retrospective

William Klein + Daido Moriyama

Tate Modern, London, UK, 2012

ROMA + KLEIN

Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France, 2002

Réalités

Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France, 2008

Italie double vision

Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France, 2007

Rétrospective

Centre Pompidou, Paris, France, 2005

William Klein

Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France, 2002

William Klein

Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA, 1995

Rétrospective

Centre Pompidou, Paris, France, 1983

50 years of VOGUE

Musée Jacquemart André, Paris, France, 1982

William Klein

Museum of Modern Art, New York, Etats-Unis, 1980

Photography of the Fifties: An American Perspective

ICP, New York, USA, 1980

Selected Publications

Tokyo Tokyo Tokyo Tokyo Tokyo

William Klein

Tokyo
Zokeisha Publication
Brooklyn + Klein Brooklyn + Klein Brooklyn + Klein Brooklyn + Klein Brooklyn + Klein

William Klein

Brooklyn + Klein
ÉDITIONS CONTRASTO
Paintings, etc. Paintings, etc. Paintings, etc. Paintings, etc. Paintings, etc.

William Klein

Paintings, etc.
éditions Contrasto
Films Films Films Films Films

William Klein

Films
Éditions Marval
Roma + Klein Roma + Klein Roma + Klein Roma + Klein Roma + Klein

William Klein

Roma + Klein
éditions du Chêne
Contacts Contacts Contacts Contacts Contacts

William Klein

Contacts
éditions Contrasto
Rétrospective Rétrospective Rétrospective Rétrospective Rétrospective

William Klein

Rétrospective
éditions Contrasto
Paris + Klein Paris + Klein Paris + Klein Paris + Klein Paris + Klein

William Klein

Paris + Klein
éditions Marval
New York 1954 - 55 New York 1954 - 55 New York 1954 - 55 New York 1954 - 55 New York 1954 - 55

William Klein

New York 1954 - 55
éditions Marval
In & Out of Fashion In & Out of Fashion In & Out of Fashion In & Out of Fashion In & Out of Fashion

William Klein

In & Out of Fashion
éditions du Seuil
Moscou Moscou Moscou Moscou Moscou

William Klein

Moscou
Die Zeit
Rome Rome Rome Rome Rome

William Klein

Rome
éditions du Seuil
Life is Good and Good for You in New York. Trance Witness Revels Life is Good and Good for You in New York. Trance Witness Revels Life is Good and Good for You in New York. Trance Witness Revels Life is Good and Good for You in New York. Trance Witness Revels Life is Good and Good for You in New York. Trance Witness Revels

William Klein

Life is Good and Good for You in New York. Trance Witness Revels
édition du Seuil

Press

William Klein Polka #29

Polka Magazine #29

William Klein : l'oeil absolu

Marianne Blog, march 2015

William Klein : Brooklyn Digital

Polka #25, mars 2014

William Klein : Klein d'oeil

L'Express, march 26th, 2014

William Klein : Klein-Moriyama, le choc des titans

Polka #19, août 2011

William Klein : Kiss Bill

Polka #13, mai 2011

William Klein : Rebelles

Polka #11, novembre 2010

William Klein : Muhammad Ali

Polka #11, novembre 2010

William Klein : Trois photographies sur un plateau

Polka #8, février 2010

William Klein : Par William Klein

Polka #5, mai 2009