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Big Face in Crowd, New York

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William Klein, Big Face in Crowd, New York, 1955 (negative); printed later, gelatin silver print, Museum Purchase: Funds provided by the Photography Council, © unknown, research required, 2011.1.3

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Title

Big Face in Crowd, New York

Artist

William Klein (American, born 1928)

Date

1955 (negative); printed later

Medium

gelatin silver print

Dimensions (H x W x D)

image: 12 1/4 in x 17 7/8 in; sheet: 15 7/8 in x 19 3/4 in

Collection Area

Photography

Category

Photographs

Object Type

photograph

Culture

American

Credit Line

Museum Purchase: Funds provided by the Photography Council

Accession Number

2011.1.3

Copyright

© unknown, research required

Terms

gelatin silver prints

photographs

Description

Born and raised in New York, William Klein has lived and worked in France since the 1940s. An early practitioner of street photography, Klein began documenting the diverse characters found in the crowds of New York and Paris during the 1950s. His images depend on chance encounters and are facilitated by his aggressive photographic nature. Originally criticized for producing pictures full of imperfections, the blurriness, grain, and high contrast that are hallmarks of his work serve to heighten the sensation of the hustle and bustle of big city life.

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