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William Klein, New York, 1954-1955 Hardcover – December 30, 1899

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From Library Journal

In 1954 Klein returned to the city of his youth after living the life of a painter in Paris since the end of World War II. Vogue art director Alexander Liberman had agreed to pay him to photograph the city for a few months, though he was almost totally lacking in knowledge of or experience with a camera. The result was a collection of exuberant, cinematic images of the city's people and neighborhoods-by Klein's own description "pseudo-ethnography, parody, and Dada"-that Conde Nast never saw fit to publish. Reminiscent of Weegee in their grittiness, but with more humor and less sensationalism, and of Robert Frank in their unity of personal vision but not as bleak, the photographs are as vibrant today as when they were taken. Klein did publish a collection of these photos in Paris in 1956 in a book that is now a much-sought-after collector's item, but the man who went on to become a successful fashion and documentary photographer never saw this unique series widely exhibited or published in his home country-until now. Last year the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art presented these photos as part of its inaugural exhibits. And at long last libraries with an interest in photography will be able to pick up this selection of celebratory, quintessentially American images. Highly recommended.
Eric Bryant, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Dewi Lewis Publishing; Revised edition (December 30, 1899)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1899235256
  • ISBN-13: 978-1899235254
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 10.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,220,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I can't believe that this book was published such a long ago. It's not old at all. It's very new!! His work is eternal.
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While the content of the photographs is timeless and Kleins genius evident, I still found myself disapointed with this book. The problem is the layout. All the images are full bleeds covering every inch of paper. This means lots of cropping, no borders,absolutely no "breathing space" for any of the images, and of course the book's center seam running thru all the pictures. If the intent of this layout was to further emphasize the claustrophobic feeling of NYC then the publishers have succeeded . I found it tedious and I am sorry I purchased it.
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Fundamental book on photography. No more needed to say
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I wish some innovative design could give a second chance to this book. These pictures look so common, now. The layout of the book is also so common that you feel you are reading a year book from Time-Life 1960. Yes, all this might have looked revolutionary in the 50's. To-day, you will buy this book because it will remind you of some place or some time that is important to you.
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