This talk gives an insight into the scope of William Klein’s career and why his approach to photography and image-making was pioneering. He is well known for his fashion photography and distinctive gritty style of street photography together with his unconventional approach to subject matter. This talk will consider all aspects of his career including his training as a painter and work with film set against the wider context of art historical developments at the time, particularly Surrealism. Alongside this, the conversation will reference the major William Klein retrospective on show at the International Center for Photography in New York from June to September 2022.
The talk will also explore the relationship between artist and gallery and the long-term friendship between William Klein and Marcus Bury, co-founder of HackelBury Fine Art Gallery.
“I came from the outside, the rules of photography didn’t interest me. There were things you could do with a camera that you couldn’t do with any other medium – grain, contrast, blur, cock-eyed framing, eliminating or exaggerating grey tones and so on…… I thought it would be good to show what’s possible, to say that this is a s valid of a way of using the camera as conventional approaches.” WK
Marcus Bury – Marcus Bury co-founded HackelBury Fine Art in 1997. He works closely with artists on their exhibitions, publications and museum projects and with clients on shaping their collections.
Professor David Hopkins – David Hopkins is Emeritus Professor of Art History and Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow.
Moderated by Professor Edward Dimsdale – Edward Dimsdale is Professor of Creative Practice Research at Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts (CSVPA).