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William Klein (1928-2022)

William Klein

American photographer William Klein, who made his mark with imagery of fashion and urban life, has died in Paris aged 96, his son Pierre Klein said in a statement Monday.

Klein, whose striking depictions of the restlessness and violence of city life helped revolutionize photography, died “peacefully” on Saturday, the statement said.

Celebrated as one of the 20th century’s most influential artists, Klein also worked in film and fashion.

His death comes on the final day of a retrospective exhibit at New York’s International Center of Photography, which celebrated the multifaceted artist’s six-decade-plus career, including his time as a famed street and fashion photographer, bookmaker, abstract artist, documentary filmmaker and celebrity portraitist.

Klein was not unknown to many dutch. In 1967 Klein was presented with an exhibition at the Stedelijk and in the same year he made part of the photography for the Niki de Saint Phalle catalog. Both are available at

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