William Klein at Tate Modern. This man was not just a great American Photographer, he was also a filmmaker, a documentarian and a graphic designer. Born in New York in 1928, he spent too much time in the Museum of Modern Art before enrolling at the Sorbonne in Paris.
He began his photographic career as a fashion photographer after Alexander Lieberman the Art Director of Vogue offered him a job. At the same time though he set about documenting the city into a photo diary that was to be become his first book.
He evolved his own distinctive street style, more obtrusive than Henri Cartier-Bresson in that the subject was aware of the photograph, and sometimes confronted or even provoked. Klein used a wide angle lens to cram in as much detail and activity to each shot as he possibly could. His work is not perfect by execution - he embraced grain, blur, and cockeyed framing. Yet these quirky elements became his signature style and consequentially flowed into his fashion work - he brought his models out of the studio and into the streets deliberately using the urban backgrounds and crowds' reactions to contribute towards chaotic scenarios.
I love his work - many of his photos have been left 'Untitled' - he leaves the viewer to analyse the scene for themselves. All he tried to do was to convey a perception of the city he both loved and hated. New York, New York.