American born photographer William Klein is also another major figure in 1950’s fashion photography and he pioneered his own style of work.

Having studied to be a sculptor and a painter, Klein was approached at one of his shows in Paris by the director of Vogue magazine, Alexander Liberman, who invited him back to his home town New York to discuss future job prospects. Klein wanted to document his home town again, after living over 5 years away from the city made him feel like a foreigner, so Libeman agreed for Vogue to fund this project, only to find Klein’s images to be vulgar and never being produced.

Klein managed to gain a fashion photography spot at Vogue magazine, even though he had no interest in clothing or fashion, but his raw, abstract imagery added a new light to fashion photography and his fashion images became successful by introducing new and controversial techniques in fashion photography that had never been experimented before, and he became fascinated with the processes in which he could create pictures, by using longer shutter speeds to obtain motion blur in his images, applying different lenses and by multiple exposures.

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