The largest exhibition of William Klein opened in Amsterdam
Innovator of fashion photography
FOAM, the Museum of Photography in Amsterdam, has ended its year with a retrospective exhibition of the work of legendary William Klein.
The New York photographer, director and designer last showed his work in Amsterdam in 1967 - at the Stedelijk Museum. His most recent retrospectives include his shows at the London Tate, which was held this Spring, as well as last years show at the Moscow Multimedia Art Museum.
The museum wanted to pay tribute to Kleins 60 year career, as it has left a huge mark in the history of photography. Taking up almost all of the space in the museum, expect to see a selection of his best work from New York, Rome, Moscow, and Tokyo.
William Klein - primarily known as a great innovator in fashion photography - has had an immense influence on photography during the second half of the twentieth century. During 1956 - 1964, he produced four city books - that depicted cities in a way no one had ever seen before. New York, Rome, Moscow and Tokyo are books filled with grainy black and white photography, that's subject matter depicts a ruthless realism and captures the psychological, social and economic mood of that time.
Klein began working with fashion bible, Vogue, after meeting Alexander Liberman - the legendary art director of Vogue. His ambivalent and ironic view in the fashion world made his work a milestone in fashion photography. After conquering this field he moved onto film - where again he was known for his innovation and became a big influence on film at the time. His list of movies and documentaries include Who Are You, Polly Magoo, Cassius the Great, Mr. Freedom and Le Couple Témoin and has directed almost over 250 commercials. His movies will also be included in the exhibition and will be available for viewing at the museum.
The William Klein exhibition will be held at FOAM from now to March 12, 2014