Born 1928 in New York. His career as a fashion photographer began in 1955, followed in 1956 by the publication of New York. Breaking taboos in photography, he introduced a new style of audaciously blurry and out-of-focus pictures that went on to influence numerous photographers up to the present day. After New York, the series continued with Roma (‘59), Moscow (’64), and Tokyo (’64). In addition to working as a photographer, he also produced the fashion-related movie Qui etes-vous Polly Maggoo? A solo exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 1995 established his reputation, which he had mainly earned in Europe, also back home in America. In Japan, the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography showed the ”Paris+Klein” exhibition in 2004, and in 2005, the ”William Klein Retrospective” exhibition was held at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. The exhibition “William Klein + Daido Moriyama” with Daido Moriyama at London’s Tate Modern in 2012-13 created a buzz not only in the realm of photography, but in the fashion and film worlds alike.


1956 - "New York" Photography Magazine
1958 - "Life is good and good for you in New York" Trance Witness Revels, Éditions du Seuil
1958 - "Rome" ditions du Seuil
1964 - "Moscow" Crown
1964 - "Tokyo" Crown
1970 - "Mister Freedom" Korinsha Press
1989 - "Close up" Thames & Hudson
1990 - "Torino '90" Federico Motta Editore
1994 - "Mode in & out" Seuil
1995 - "New York 1954–55 New edition" Marval
1998 - "William Klein Films" Marval/Maison Europeenne De La Photographie
2002 - "Paris + Klein" Edition Braus
2005 - "William Klein, rétrospective" Marval
2009 - "Roma + Klein" du Chêne
2015 - "William Klein: Black and Light, Early Abstracts, 1952 – 2015" HackelBury Fine Art


1957 - Prix Nadar for New York
1967 - Prix Jean Vigo for Polly Maggoo
1988 - The Cultural Award from the German Society for Photography (DGPh)
1990 - Hasselblad Award
1999 - Centenary Medal and Honorary Fellowship (HonFRPS) from the Royal Photographic Society
2012 - Outstanding Contribution to Photography Award, Sony World Photography Awards

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