William Klein: Painted Contacts (Prestel, 2021)

  • William Klein - Painted Contacts - Bildersturm Blog
  • William Klein - Painted Contacts - Bildersturm Blog
  • William Klein - Painted Contacts - Bildersturm Blog
  • William Klein - Painted Contacts - Bildersturm Blog
  • William Klein - Painted Contacts - Bildersturm Blog
  • William Klein - Painted Contacts - Bildersturm Blog
  • William Klein - Painted Contacts - Bildersturm Blog

Working at the nexus of painting and photography, William Klein conceived this original series when he was in the process of reviewing other photographers’ contact sheets for a film he was making. Referencing the age of film photography, when photographers selected images by circling individual negatives on a contact sheet with brightly colored grease pencils, Klein’s works invent a new kind of art object that organically marries painting and photography.

The resulting pieces are enormous mural-sized works in which bold, kinetic color frames and reframes enlarged black-and-white images from throughout his career. Klein’s iconic fashion and street photography, always gritty and bold, is given a new immediacy and relevance in this second life.

In his foreword to this edition, Klein describes these works as “all brush strokes and jubilation. The jubilation of painting recall[s] the celebration of taking the photo.”

Publisher’s Info

William Klein - Painted Contacts - Bildersturm Blog

Book Specs: Hardcover; 140 pages; 20,4×29,0; 69 color illustrations; ISBN: 978-3-7913-8731-4; With a foreword from Robert Delpire. Available here.

William Klein (born April 19, 1928) is an American-born French photographer, painter and filmmaker.

Artist: https://www.howardgreenberg.com/artists/william-klein

Video: William Klein: In Pictures by Tate (Youtube)

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Résumé: Ein faszinierender Hybrid aus Malerei und Fotografie. Farbe und Strukturen verstärken die Wirkung der ursprünglichen Abzüge. Spürbar wird die Lebendigkeit und das Performative des Straßenlebens. Jede Doppelseite erzählt eine eigene Geschichte, die fehlenden Bilder entstehen im Kopf des Betrachters. Ein Kurzfilm mit anderen Mitteln. Und ja, ich fühle eine geradezu kindliche Freude beim Betrachten der Farben und Formen. Und ich ahne, wieviel Spaß es Klein selbst gemacht haben muss, alten Abzügen auf diese Weise neues Leben einzuhauchen. Love it!