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William Klein: Rome [Hardcover]

William Klein
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26 Oct 2009
In 1956,William Klein, who had recently published his now classic Life is Good & Good for You in New York, arrived in Rome to assist Federico Fellini on his filmNights of Cabiria. As filming was delayed, Klein instead strolled around the city with Fellini, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Alberto Moravia, and other avant-garde Italian writers and artists serving as his guides. It was on these walks that Rome, a radical and brilliant visual diary of the city, was born. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Romes release, Thames & Hudson is pleased to publish a revised edition. Now redesigned to encompass two volumes in a special slipcase, and featuring never-before-seen fashion pictures and updated text by the photographer, this new edition offers audiences another chance to celebrate this groundbreaking work.

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  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd (26 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500543852
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500543856
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 25.9 x 35.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 631,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Captures the essence of Roman life through stark contrast and tight frames'
--Amateur Photographer

'A must for anyone passionate about street photography'
--British Journal of Photography

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5.0 out of 5 stars william klein rome 3 Mar 2014
Remains for me, as fresh today as when I bought my first copy 55 years ago and is without doubt as seminal a work as Frank' s THE AMERICANS. The photographs resonate with energy that is in strict contrast to the considered approach of Cartier-Bresson and The Decisive Moment. Further, in addition to producing these images, Klein also designed the layout of the book. As a young aspiring painter at the time, it simply introduced me to a whole new way of thinking and looking. One of four volumes on great cities (NEW YORK, ROME, MOSCOW TOKYO, and always seen as a second option to his first on New York, I still love this one above all and I am gratified that it retains the original cover that first graced the cover of this volume, together with an image of Sophia Loren, complete with an added moustache - oh yes, oh yes.....Gus Wylie
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exploring the street 24 Nov 2003
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This book/magazine/portfolio was one of my first introductions to William Klein and I'm thouroughly impressed. The book is in German, so it makes it difficult to read the captions and the text. It is basically a portfolio of Klein's work from 1954 until 1997 from all around the world. Klein's street photography style is unique and his photos are awesome, so it's almost not necessary to know what it's about.
Klein mixes up his work with a variety of portraits, candid moments of street photography and backstage at fashion and body builder shows. He get's right next to many of his subjects without any of them the wiser. In his portraits he captures an essence of these people's exciting lives and shows something that many portrait photographers are missing.
As the book progresses from 1954 until 1997 you have a great opportunity to see how Klein grew, changed and got even closer to his subjects without them noticing him.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves looking at street photography or enviromental portraiture.
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