TOKYO 1961 (New Edition)

William KLEIN

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The last book in William Klein's series themed around cities following New York (1956), Rome (1956) and Moscow (1961). The book was reissued in a new edition in 2014, 50 years after the first edition was published. The cover is designed by Klein himself, while the original edition is preserved. The camerawork is superb, capturing the whole picture of Tokyo in 1961, a time of rapid economic growth and the hustle and bustle of the city three years before the Tokyo Olympics.

355 x 260mm
200 pages
Publication Date
Akio Nagasawa Publishing

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.

Publications of William KLEIN