• © William Klein : Film photographer « Who are you, Polly Maggoo ? » 1966 

© William Klein : Film photographer « Who are you, Polly Maggoo ? » 1966 

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Sony World Photography Awards 2012 presents William Klein

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William Klein, one of the most known photographers and the most influential film directors of the 20th century, will be rewarded for the remarkable contribution to the photography on the occasion of the Sony World Photography Awards 2012. It will accept its reward during the annual awards ceremony which will take place on April 26th in the hotel Hilton de Park Lane, in London, beside big faces of the international community of the photograph. An exhibition deprived of its jobs will be organized by Michael Benson, as part of the exhibition of the Sony World Photography Awards, in Somerset House de Londres next from April 27th till May 20th.

After an initial training of painter beside Fernand Léger in Paris in 1950s, William Klein, Born New Yorker, display his jobs in Milan. By photographing his wall painting on swivel panels, the artist discovers incidentally that the photograph would allow him to develop its abstract creations. Afterwards an initial training of painter beside Fernand Léger in Paris in 1950s, William Klein, Born New Yorker, displays its jobs in Milan. By photographing his wall painting on swivel panels, the artist discovers incidentally that the photograph would allow him to develop its abstract creations. Having been spotted and being seen offering a job by Alexander Liberman of the American magazine Vogue, William Klein goes back in New York at the age of 25 years, when he works as fashion photographer and participates in a photography newspaper of New © William Klein: Photograph of the film « Who are you, Polly Maggoo? » 1966 York.

Unable to take down a contract of publication owing to the granular, contrasting and blurred nature of his photographs, it goes back in Paris where Life simple percentage Good and Good For You in New York, is published and accepts Price Nadar in 1957. The same year, it meets the film director Federico Fellini, who invites him to work on The Nights of Cabiria, in Rome. Filming is postponed, what gives opportunity in Klein to explore Rome across the same raw and granular plates as in his book on New York. A book on Rome in 1960, then on Moscow and Tokyo in 1964 is in order.

As artist of the photograph, William Klein uses dandruff in the thick grain and in big angle which jostle the norms of the traditional photograph, what made him a reputation of iconoclast photographer.

Marcus Bury, the owner of  the art gallery Hackelbury in London which displays jobs of William Klein, comments: « William Klein is a genius, a giant of the cinema, photography and graphic publication, one of the true pillars of 20th and 21th century. Jobs of William opened the way in innovation and had a major influence on numerous artists who followed his traces. His career is broadly worth being celebrated. The documentaries of William Klein, the films in the satirical, political and anarchic comments, his studies of cities and icons of fashion: his jobs continue inspiring artists, graphic concepteurs, film-makers and photographers this day. Far from avoiding polemic or confrontation, William Klein is a true master of inventive arts. »

From 1955 till 1965, William Klein continues working for Vogue, preferring photographing the models on the street or outside. The epoch crossed within the magazine inspires him to make its first feature-length film Who are you Polly Maggoo? accomplished in 1966. Like its two other films, Mister Freedom and The Couple witness, it is about a satire. Next years, William Klein dedicates himself to filmography and accomplishes numerous courts and documentary feature-length films, to come back towards the photograph in 1980s. In 1990, it carries off prestigious price Hasselblad. In 1997, it photographs New York again and displays in Barcelona and Paris. 

In 1999, Royal Photographic Society of London awards him Medal of the Century. His last individual exhibition in date goes back up in 2009, in the Polka Gallery of Paris. A bigger collection of William Klein writings will be displayed from October 10th, 2012 till January 27th, 2013, beside jobs of Daido Moriyama in Tate Modern. Taking back the cities of New York and Tokyo as central topic, exhibition William Klein Daido Moriyama will explore the famous presentations of modern city life by both artists. This exhibition is co-organized by Simon Baker, conservative of the department photographs of Tate Modern, Juliet Bingham, conservative in Tate Modern and Kasia Redzisz, conservative helper in Tate Modern. Simon Baker declares: « In the course of his long career, which spreads out over last sixty years, William Klein worked in the domains of painting, photograph and cinema, where he systematically excelled. His pounds of photographs 1950 and on 1960: his works on Rome and Tokyo, notably the most famous, Life simple percentage Good * Good for You in New York and Trance Witness Revels, are part of the most notable and the most influential writings of the history of the photograph. As show it the jobs photograph, William Klein was always bright, overdemanding and uncompromising. It always had an unique, critical vision and without ambiguity of life in the 20esiècle. The price for its remarkable contribution in the photograph awarded by World Photography Organisation manifests diversity, depth and unbelievable personality of its work. »

Fort of a career of more than half a century and 83-year-old, William Klein follows his jobs in France, where he lives. The last year, Bruce Davidson accepted the same prize for his remarkable contribution to photography. The others winning prizes, in the past known under the name of Lifetime Achievement Award, are Eve Arnold, Marc Riboud and Phil Stern.