2009 - William Klein

Photographer, film director, painter and a lover of big cities, William Klein defies classification as an artist.
Born in New York in 1928, Klein came to Paris at the age of twenty and, seduced by its charms, has stayed there ever since. Before becoming a photographer, Klein studied painting, in particular with André Lhote, and it was then that his ideas began to form.

 “Determined to reinvent the established medium of white-border photography, he went out into the streets using wide-angle lenses to capture the chaos of society.”

At the end of the 1950s he made his first short films, Zazie dans le métro (1960) and continued to develop his talent as a film director with various controversial documentaries, satirical comedies and advertising, often related to the world of fashion.
In 1966 he made, amongst others, Qui êtes-vous Polly Magoo?, which was to bring him recognition with a wider audience, along with Mode en France in 1985 and Aux grands magasins in 1964 with Simone Signoret.