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Imagine: The Many Lives of William Klein
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Don’t feel ashamed or culturally benighted if you haven’t heard of “legendary” and “pioneering” photographer William Klein. He’s one of those figures who is a legend within the world of their art but have never crossed over to become a household name. The current retrospective at the Tate Modern will hope to change that, as will Alan Yentob in this profile exploring how Klein’s black-and-white street photography and subversive fashion images for Vogue helped shape the visual language of the 1960s.
Alan Yentob meets William Klein, street photography pioneer and creator of some of the 20th century's most striking fashion images - not to mention his 20 films, including the first documentary of Muhammad Ali, in 1969, and the 1966 fashion satire Who Are You, Polly Magoo? As his work is celebrated with an exhibition at the Tate, Alan Yentob spends time with Klein to find out about his remarkable creative life.
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