William Klein |1928 , Born in New York, United States

Coming from a Jewish family from Hungary, William Klein spent his adolescence in the lonely streets of Manhattan, excluded by his Jewish identity and the poverty of his family. Early on, however, he showed a strong interest in art, regularly visiting MoMa. He also displayed a sharp intelligence when he attended the City College of New York to study sociology at the age of 14 years. He abandoned his education at 18 years, to join the American army as a radio operator, where he was stationed in Germany and then France, where he decided to settle and become a painter.

Thus in 1948 William Klein began to visit the studio of Ferdinand L├ęger, becoming interested in graphics, the Bauhaus and the work of Piet Mondrian and Max Bill. He produced a series of geometric painted murals, with outlined forms. In 1952, he was employed as graphic designer for the Italian magazine Domus. Two years later, the artist returned to New York and dedicated himself to photography, producing Life is good and good for you in New York, a book that became fundamental in the history of photography. He subsequently worked as a fashion photographer for Vogue.

In 1956 Federico Fellini specifically requested his participation in a film and William Klein left for Rome to help make Le notti di Cabiria (Cabiria's Nights). From 1965 through to the 1980s, he focused on producing films.

William Klein's art has, and continues to be, the subject of many exhibitions around the world. He has won numerous prizes, such as the Prix Nadar, the Prix Jean-Vigo and the Sony World Photography Award.

  • Fellini 1956