Beauty and the street: the photographs and films of William Klein
William Klein's interest in the grittiness of urban life laid the groundwork for his career as a street photographer, fashion photographer for Vogue magazine, and as an avant-garde filmmaker. Klein's body of work addressed the mass media's role in postwar society with his depiction of ordinary people in compositions that blurred distinctions between everyday life and "high" culture aesthetics. Each genre that Klein utilizes, the photobook, fashion photography, avant-garde film, share and develop ideas concerning contemporary consumer society. This thesis explores Klein's confrontational acknowledgment of mass media ideologies and its powerful methods that penetrate daily life.