Legendary Street Photographers – William Klein

William Klein is a legendary American Fashion and Street Photographer based in Paris who is regarded amongst the great pioneers of genre of the Street Photography.

Renowned for his framing and exceptional compositions, his empathy with his subjects, and his up-close approach to photographing subjects on the street, Klein’s career has spanned throughout the ’50s to the present day, including stints as a Vogue fashion photographer. His extraordinary signature fashion work often incorporated his models amongst busy and sometimes chaotic street scenes that included locational shoots in New York, Paris and Rome.

Kleins’ provocative approach and his exceptional natural rapport with his models lead to the creation of iconic images that challenged the conventional boundaries of photography at the time and introduced new techniques into the field including the use of telephoto lenses to capture his subjects from a distance so as to create a more free and ‘anonymous’ effect in his style of composition.

In October 2012, The Tate Modern presented an important retrospective dedicated to both William Klein and Daido Moriyama that featured Klein’s re-interpretations of his own work in the form of hand-painted overlays of some of his iconic contact sheet images that were scaled-up to large and very striking wall-mounted images.

The film below captures Klein’s charming and fiercely iconoclastic personality at interview with a fellow legend in the form of documentary film maker Alan Yentob, known for his groundbreaking early BBC portrait of David Bowie entitled Cracked Actor.

The Many Lives of William Klein – Alan Yentob

Marcus D. Niski, July 2021

Open air, off-line Spoken Word in Paris on 31st August, outdoors at Place Louis Aragon. Spoken World Online continues in cyberspace. AWOL writers’ workshop is now back at the Chat Noir every Sunday. — SpokenWord Paris

Latest update on what’s happening (Aug 28th 2020): Next open air, outdoors, off-line SpokenWord is Monday 31st August. Keep an eye on the events on our Facebook page for details closer to the time or sign up for the mailing list (click on the blue stamp on the righthand side of this page). Spoken World […]

Open air, off-line Spoken Word in Paris on 31st August, outdoors at Place Louis Aragon. Spoken World Online continues in cyberspace. AWOL writers’ workshop is now back at the Chat Noir every Sunday. — SpokenWord Paris

Graffiti — cakeordeathsite

Brassaï’s close-ups of graffiti carved and painted on Parisian city walls were first seen in the Surrealist magazine Minotaure in 1933, however he would continue to photograph images of graffiti for the next three decades, culminating in the publication of the book, Graffiti, in 1961. With this project, ‘the eye of Paris’ as he was called […]

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Saving the world’s oldest basketball court — HeideBlog

Not many sports can trace their origin as decisively as basketball: Fans know the first game was played on December 21, 1891 in Springfield, Massachusetts. But few Americans are aware that the oldest surviving basketball court is in Paris, inside an unassuming building at 14, rue Trévise in the 9th arrondissement. The entrance, in a […]

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looking for hemingway, the lost generation, in the cafés–part 2 — un Voyageur

In 1971 I traveled to Paris for the first time. I mentioned finding a Balzac-like pension where I could stay for a couple of months that was around the corner from a former Hemingway apartment on rue Notre Dames des Champs and within easy walking distance from rue de Fleurus, the apartment of Gertrude Stein […]

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