William Klein, born in New York on 1928, has revolutionized photography. In years when good photography meant poetic and clean shots such as those of Cartier-Bresson's, he framed hazardously, blurred, cropped, blew up, grained and increased the contrast of his negatives, inventing a whole new way to take pictures.

HIs first and most important work were his pictures of New York, which he took for three months in 1954 through 1955. He later published the shots in "Life is Good and Good for you in New York: Trance Witness Revels", a book that was to become seminal in the history of photography and photographic books. In the following few years, he made similar books on three other international capitals: Rome, Moscow and Tokyo. In the 2000s, he added Paris to the collection.

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