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The Editors of Portfolio Magazine & Klein, William. WILLIAM KLEIN PORTFOLIO MAGAZINE: STERN PORTFOLIO LIBRARY OF PHOTOGRAPHY. Hamburg, Germany: Stern Gruner + Jahr AG, 1997. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 110 pages. As New.

Retrospective collection of photographs. Special Limited and Numbered Edition. Number 7 in the continuing Series by Stern. The first 50 Issues of the Stern Portfolio Library of Photography, the most avidly collected Photography Series of its kind in the world, were all published as softcover originals only. A brilliant production by William Klein and Stern: Oversize-volume format. A very tall and slim book. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover, as issued. Photographs by William Klein. Printed on thick coated stock paper in Germany to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents William Klein's contribution to the now-legendary Series whose brilliant concept is to devote each Issue to a particular photographer, either as a "Portfolio Issue" or as a "Spezial Fotografie". The creator of a style that has been extremely influential just as it has remained completely original, William Klein began his career as a graphic designer, which is why his books, including this Issue, are beautifully and meticulously produced, and more important, it provided the basis for his raw, powerful, and obtrusive photographic style. Every graphic designer wants his work not just to be noticed, but to invade your consciousness and implant itself there (this is why "art directors" of advertising agencies are graphic designers, and Klein himself worked in advertising intermittently). 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 the 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. There is no modern, "cutting-edge" magazine in the world that does not have an unmistakable trace of Klein's style. The Portfolio Magazine/Spezial Fotografie Series have become eminently collectible and now include Contributions by Peter Beard, Peter Lindbergh, James Nachtwey, Francis Giacobetti, Annie Leibovitz, Nan Goldin, Mario Testino, David LaChapelle, Herb Ritts, Ellen von Unwerth, Giorgia Fiorio, Horst, Martin Parr, and Andreas H. Bitesnich, among many others. A "must-have" title for William Klein completists. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in red pen in front by William Klein. He added a love/heart symbol to his signature. This title is now highly collectible. This is the only such signed copy available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A very rare signed copy thus. One of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER WILLIAM KLEIN, PORTFOLIO MAGAZINE, AND SPEZIAL FOTOGRAFIE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 3570001210. $350.00

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