As a little Friday treat, I will be sharing with you the photographs that supposedly made William Klein famous.
For those of you that don’t know who he is, Klein is a former fashion photographer, turned legendary street photographer thanks to his rebellious nature which I guess didn’t work well in the fashion industry at the time. The images below are part of a 1956 series called ‘Life is Good & Good for Your in New York’ which is a documentation of the chaos that existed on the streets of NYC. This came about when Klein got back to New York after studying in Paris for a couple of years, and was given a project to take photos of the city. He decided to throw away the ‘photographers’ handbook’ and take photos his own way without the worry of taking perfectly composed pictures.
Klein worked on the project for about 8 months and photographed anything that caught his eye and he was not afraid of getting too close to his subjects, even if it was 3am in a not so safe part of the city. The result was an extraordinary portfolio of images that embodied the spirit of the city.
I hope you love them as much as I do 🙂