PAINTED CONTACTS (Japanese edition)

William KLEIN

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I now picked up bushes for the first time in many years. Simply reproducing the lines, crosses and circles that every photographer in the world uses to underline their choices was not enough.
I saw the possibility of inventing a new kind of art object by marrying organically, not arbitrarily, painting and photography. When I started painting the Contacts, it was all brush strokes and jubilation. The jubilation of painting recalled the celebration of taking the photo. For me, taking a photo was a celebration, was physical and gave me a super charge.

-Text by Willaim Klein

297 x 210 mm
140 pages
Publication Date
Akio Nagasawa Publishing
William Klein, Robert Delpire

William KLEIN


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.

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