Photographer. Filmmaker. Artist. Designer. To master one of those disciplines would be a lifetime achievement for any creative individual, yet William Klein’s career has been celebrated in each of them over the last eight decades. Klein is one of the great image makers of the twentieth century and one whose work is an enduring creative influence on a wide range of contemporary artists, photographers, and filmmakers. With over 200 images, this career retrospective explores Klein’s creative and artistic arc from the late 1940s to today. Directed by Klein himself, from the selection of content to book design, this large-format publication looks back at his uncompromisingly creative lifetime, showcasing Klein’s prolific and relentlessly innovative contribution to the world of photography, art, design, and filmmaking.
Published in association with a major retrospective at the International Center of Photography, this book is a comprehensive take on his career. While best known as a photographer who broke all the rules and conventions, William Klein: Yes focuses on the full range of Klein’s work, from his abstract paintings through to his startling, authentic street photography and photobooks and his dynamic, often satirical take on filmmaking. With a flowing, chronological text by David Campany, this book will be both an introduction to Klein for a new generation and a source of fresh insights for those who already know who Klein is: a true original.
William Klein (b. 1928) is an American photographer, painter, designer, and filmmaker. New York-born, Klein settled in Paris in 1948, where he studied at the Sorbonne and pursued his artistic career, working briefly under Fernand Leéger. Best known as a photographer, achieving fame with a series of acclaimed photobooks, including Life Is Good and Good for You in New York (1956). He still resides in Paris.