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101 Quick and Easy Ideas Taken from the Master Photographers of the Twentieth Century by Matthew Bamberg

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Chapter 17. William Klein (1928– )

As a Jewish kid in an Irish neighborhood, William Klein often felt out of place. Klein and his friends found refuge from their neighborhood in the New York Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), looking at art and watching films.

Klein served in the army for a brief period of time before going to Paris to study at the Sorbonne. In Paris, Klein learned to paint and exhibited his paintings around Europe. He then returned to New York, where he photographed all parts of the city, some of which he had never visited. The photographs were published in the book New York Is Good and Good for You. Klein developed a signature style that included blur, distortion, graininess, and abstraction in his photos.

Klein went on to photograph ...

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