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Klein, William (Photographer) & Lane, Anthony (Contributor). PARIS + KLEIN. New York City, NY: Distributed Art Publishers (DAP) , 2002. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 346 pages. Fine/Fine.

Collection of photographs. One of the greatest photography books of the new century. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. A brilliant production by William Klein: Oversize-volume format. Black hard boards with titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs and text by William Klein. Afterword by Anthony Lane. Printed on thick coated stock paper in Paris, France to the very highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Published on the occasion of the landmark exhibition in Paris in 2002. Presents William Klein's sixth and final "city" collection. The photographs by the expatriate American photographer, who is now in his 80's, represent a significant portion of a life lived in Paris. The first volume in his great Series, "Life Is Good And Good For You In New York", was also first published in Paris, and is now considered a classic. It was followed by "Rome", "Moscow", and "Tokyo" in quick succession, and upon his return to photography, "Torino '90". "Paris + Klein" (the only one in which Klein added his name to the title) took much longer to produce and complete. William Klein said he wanted to do something different (but of course) and also somehow capture the city in all its rich diversity, that is, its often-overlooked earthy vitality as well as its exquisite beauty, William Klein's Paris (the city as paradox) rather than Eugene Atget's (the city as pathos). Although it would have been really odd if William Klein did not do a book on his adopted city, a collection of images on Paris has always been another challenge altogether, for him or any other photographer, because there is a whole shelf of great photography books on Paris. It is the single most photographed city in the world, with images dating back to the inception of photography itself. The camera was invented there in 1839, and the French were the very first to accord photography the status of art, preceding London, New York, and Tokyo, the other great contemporary centers of photographic culture. Klein acquits himself completely. Klein inaugurated a revolution in photography by breaking with the medium's taboos and traditions. He developed a radically new way to take pictures, perfecting his graphic design-based style by incorporating elements of black humor, social criticism, satire, reportage, cinema, literature, and poetry, thereby creating a unique look that has since been so widely copied by other artists, graphic designers, and photographers (without credit being given to its creator) it is now part of our collective photographic vocabulary. A "must-have" title for William Klein collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in metallic-silver marker on the title page by William Klein. This title has been out-of-print for a long time and is now highly collectible. This is one of very few signed copies still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 241 color, 91 duotone plates. "Paris + Klein" was selected by The New Yorker Magazine as The Best Photography Book of the Year 2002. William Klein's "Life Is Good And Good For You In New York: Trance Witness Revels" was selected as one of the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". One of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER WILLIAM KLEIN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1891024698. $600.00

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