Tuesday, 22 January 2013


After a recent retrospective with Daido Moriyama at the Tate Modern, the work of William Klein has been greeted with new interest and a fresh perspective. I first encountered Klein's work through a chance screening of his first film "Who are You, Polly Maggoo?" (Qui êtes vous, Polly Maggoo?) Released in 1966, the film follows the life of model Polly Maggoo while a film crew making a documentary about her. Klein offers the viewer a satirical view of the fashion world, creating a spoof of what goes on inside fashion houses. Born in New York but a permanent resident of France after being discharged from the US Army, Klein is perhaps most famous for his photography, in particular his project documenting New York as well as being an influential fashion photographer.

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