The Many Lives of William Klein


He’s one of my favorite photographers because he was a true innovator. He took something that had been done the same way for years, fashion, and broke all the rules as he did it his way, creating a new, dynamic, hip, look at what was becoming a stale theme.

This documentary was filmed when Klein was 84. Now 90, his mock irascible wit and irreverence are a major part of his charm.

Warning: Includes some not suitable for work language.

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Published on Nov 22, 2012

William Klein has lived many lives. One of the world’s most influential photographers, he pioneered the art of street photography and created some of the most iconic fashion images of the 20th century. He also made over twenty films, including the first ever documentary about Muhammad Ali and a brilliant satire of the fashion world, Who Are You Polly Magoo?

With a major Tate Modern exhibition currently celebrating his work, imagine… spends time with William Klein to discover the irrepressible, charismatic personality behind a remarkable creative life.