William Klein, one of the 20th century's most important and influential photographers and film-makers, will receive the Outstanding Contribution to Photography Award at the 2012 Sony World Photography Awards.
He will be honoured at the annual gala award ceremony on 26 April at taking place at
After initially training as a painter under Fernard Léger in
After being spotted and offered a job by Alexander Liberman from American Vogue, Klein returned to
Marcus Bury from the HackelBury gallery, Klein's gallerist in
‘A prodigious, giant of film, photography and graphic publications, William Klein is one of the true great forces of the 20th and 21st century. William's work has blasted a trail of innovation and has had a major influence on the many artists who have followed in his wake. His is a career most worthy of celebration. Klein's documentaries, his films of satire, political commentary and anarchy, his studies of cities and icons of fashion all continue to inspire artists, graphic designers, filmmakers and photographers to this day. Never one to steer clear of controversy or confrontation, William Klein is a true master of the creative arts.'
From 1955 to 1965 Klein continued to work for Vogue, preferring to photograph his models out in the street or on location. His time with the magazine inspired his first feature film Who are you Polly Maggoo? released in 1966. Like his other two feature films, Mr. Freedom and The Model Couple, it is a satire. For the next few years Klein concentrated on filmography directing numerous short and feature-length documentaries, returning to photography in the 1980s.
In 1990 he won the prestigious Hasselblad Award. In 1997 he re-photographed
A larger collection of William Klein's work will be exhibited 10 October 2012 – 27 January 2013 alongside the works of Daido Moriyama at the Tate Modern. Taking as its central theme the cities of
Simon Baker comments: ‘Over a career spanning the past60 years, William Klein has worked in painting, photography and film, always at the cutting edge of his chosen medium. His iconic photobooks of the 1950s and 60s:
With a career spanning over half a decade, at the age of 83 Klein continues to work and live in
Last year the Outstanding Contribution to Photography Award was given to Bruce Davidson. The other recipients of the award, previously known as the Lifetime Achievement Award, are Eve Arnold, Marc Riboud and Phil Stern.
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Title: Sony World Photography Awards presents William Klein
Date: 27 April – 20 May 2011
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Title: William Klein + Daido Moriyama
Date: 10 October 2012 – 27 January 2013
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Notes to editors
· William Klein is available for interview via Colman Getty
· A small selection of images by William Klein are available via Colman Getty
· Created by the World Photography Organisation (WPO), the World Photography Awards, sponsored by Sony, launched in 2007. WPO supports professional, amateur and student photography, lending a global platform for the photographic industry to communicate, converge and showcase current trends in Photojournalism, Fine Art and Commercial photography. Delivering various initiatives and programmes across this global community, these programmes involve the photographer in commercial, cultural and educational activities within the many industry sectors, whilst also creating cultural activities for the public to participate in. Currently included within the WPO portfolio are the World Photography Student Focus Competition; the World Photo international festivals and events, the World Photography Focus Programme and the World Photography Collection.
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