(Detail) Gun 1, Amsterdam Avenue, New York 1954 © William Klein, Courtesy of C/O Berlin.

Photographs & Films - William Klein

Apr 29, 2017 — Jul 07, 2017

C/O Berlin

Hardenbergstraße 22-24
10623 berlin
T +49 30 28444160

Uncompromising, willing to take risks and beyond the usual
conventions—the photographer and filmmaker William Klein has remained true to his unmistakable methods for more than 60 years. From the day the American arrived in Paris in 1948, he sought to experiment and tested out a variety of artistic genres—painting, photography and film—always filled with great curiosity and vitality. He photographed people and fashion in the streets, dealt with current social issues and observed early on the influence of mass media and its impact on a consumer-oriented society. His style is direct, uses strong contrasts and blurred contours, and thus stands in direct contradiction to the technically perfect, aesthetically driven photography of the 1950s. At the same time, the “anti-photographer” developed a sense of the scope of influence that his artistic work allowed him. Both in his street photography as well as in his later films, Klein espoused the rights of African Americans and portrayed personalities such as Muhammad Ali, Little Richard and Eldridge Cleaver.