Fashion photographer William Klein is one of my favorite photographers. He was originally a painter, but soon became a photographer in the fashion world during the fifties through his unique and unusual photographic techniques he revolutionized the fashion world.
Klein’s work was considered revolutionary for its “ambivalent and ironic approach to the world of fashion”, its “uncompromising rejection of the then prevailing rules of photography” and for his extensive use of wide angle and telephoto lenses, natural lighting and motion blur. At the time, these techniques were considered too avant-garde for the mainstream and high-brow fashion world. Klein did not only introduce these techniques, he made them the standard.
(- Audrey Hepburn by William Klein)
Klein tends to be cited in photography books along with Robert Frank as among the fathers of street photography, one of those mixed compliments that classifies a man who is hard to classify.