— “Qui êtes vous, Polly Maggoo?”

A lovely still taken from William Klein’s first feature film ‘Qui êtes vous, Polly Maggoo?’ – a french satirical art house movie spoofing the fashion world and its excesses, released in 1966

Last week it was announced that William Klein, one of the 20th century’s most important and influential photographers and film-makers, will be honoured as the recipient of the outstanding contribution to photography category in the 2012 Sony World Photography Awards.

 

Klein, who was born in New York, initially trained to be a painter under Fernand Leger in Paris in the 1950’s.  He soon moved on to photography and gained fame as a fashion photographer for American Vogue.

 

Klein’s work was considered evolutionary for its “ambivalent and ironic approach to the world of fashion”

 

His work will be exhibited at London’s Tate Modern in October this year.

 

Via: The Guardian

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