William Klein, LIFE IS GOOD & GOOD FOR YOU IN NEW YORK,1956

French edition

 

French edition dust jacket back and front

 

American born photographer William Klein returned to New York in 1954 after living several years in Paris. Alexander Lieberman, art director of Vogue magazine, gave Klein the assignment to photograph New York. A cheap hotel room was rented for Klein while worked on this project. His view, fresh with eyes of a foreigner, retains the intimacy and inside knowledge of a true New Yorker. A visual journey preceding his time, the images are grainy, out of focus, high in contrast. He wanted to break rules and do it his own way, and this brittle attitude is mirrored in his work. William Klein worked eight months on this project. The promised portfolio was never published. After unsuccessfully looking for a publisher in the US, Klein took the pictures to Paris. Klein’s blurry, almost uncomfortable, to look at book was published by éditions du Seuil. The book was published later the same year in Italy by Feltrinelli Editore, Milano,  and in english by Photography magazine, London. For me this is one of the most influential photography books ever, and the foundation for all future works on New York.

The book was published by Errata Editions in 2010 as part of their Books on Books project.
Errata Editions website: www.errataeditions.com

William Klein’s facebook page: www.facebook.com/William-Klein

Published in France by éditions du Seuil, 1956
Published in Italy by Feltrinelli, Milano, 1956
Published in UK. by Photography Magazine, London, 1956

Hard cover with dust jacket and booklet

App. 22.5 x 28cm

194 pages

16 page booklet (Text in French)

French edition cover back and front

French edition cover back and front

French edition booklet back and front cover

 

 

 

William Klein, PRIX NADAR, 1957

 

Brochure back and front

This attractive eight page brochure was produced by Éditions du Seuil to celebrate William Klein’s book New York winning the 1957 Prix Nadar.

It is interesting to note that the image chosen for the cover of the brochure is not included in the actual book. The translucent red and blue cellophane pages give the brochure a special design twist that, in my opinion, was way ahead of it’s time – just like the New York book itself.

Printed by Éditions du Seuil, October 1956

Soft cover

23.9 x 30.8cm

8 pages plus 2 translucent cellophane pages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

William Klein, LIFE IS GOOD AND GOOD FOR YOU IN NEW YORK, 1956 (Italian edition)

 

Italian edition dust jacket with obi-band back and front

Italian edition dust jacket with obi-band back and front

The Italian edition of LIFE IS GOOD AND GOOD FOR YOU IN NEW YORK is almost identical to the French. However, the cloth used for the cover is white, rather than the black used for the French edition. Also, four grey pages were added: two after the front paper, stating the Italian publisher as shown below, and two in the text section at the end of the book with the Italian text. The Italian booklet is slightly larger than the French one, as shown below.
An obi-band was added to the book after it won the Prix Nadar in 1957.

Published in Italy by Feltrinelli, Milano, 1956

Hard cover with dust jacket and booklet

App. 22.5 x 28cm

198 pages

16 page booklet (text in Italian)

 

Italian edition booklet back and front cover

 

William_Klein,_New_York,_Feltrinelli_full_jacket

Italian edition dust jacket

French edition dust jacket

 

Italian & French edition booklets, front

 

 

 

domus magazine #327, 1957

William Klein's cover for domus magazine Italy, February 1957

William Klein’s cover for domus magazine Italy, February 1957

 

 

 

 

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William Klein, TOKYO, 1964