“RAW, KINETIC AND UTTERLY ORIGINAL”: RARE PRESENTATION/ASSOCIATION COPY OF PARIS + KLEIN, INSCRIBED BY KLEIN TO FELLOW PHOTOGRAPHER PETER TURNLEY
KLEIN, William. Paris + Klein. (Paris): Marval, (2002). Folio, original white-stamped black cloth, photographic endpapers, original dust jacket. $2800.
First edition, French issue, a scarce association copy inscribed on the title page to Klein’s longtime friend, Paris-based photojournalist Peter Turnley, with the inscription written as a continuation of the title Paris + Klein “+ Peter with all best & très amicalement, Bill Klein [drawn line] William Klein, Paris 2005,” featuring hundreds of full-bleed images (many double-page), a bold, colorful celebration of Paris.
Born in Hungary, William Klein has been praised as “one of the most important photographers of his generation… a tough photographer… who makes his choices with a certain festive aggression” (New York Times). With his trademark “raw, kinetic and utterly original photographs” (Roth, 140), Klein reinvented photography with the publication of his “magnum opus… New York is a quintessential monument to the American cultural scene of the 1950s” (Parr & Badger I:235-6). Following that pioneering “city” book, Klein published Rome (1959), Moscow (1964) and Paris (1964)-“four books of photography which shook the very roots of this medium’s young tradition” (Christian Science Monitor). Klein continued that tradition with Torino (1990) and here, with Paris + Klein. First edition, the scarce French issue, published same year in Germany and Italy; text in French. A distinctive association copy inscribed by Klein to close friend Peter Turnley, award-winning photographer for Newsweek and contributing editor for Harper’s Magazine who has covered “almost every important international news event of the last 15 years” (New York Times).
An exceptional association copy, in fine condition.