Foam, Amsterdam’s museum for photography, tends to be one of my all-time favourites. This weekend, I stopped by to visit the unique retrospective exhibition of William Klein, a legendary photographer, filmmaker and designer.
A must see, if you’d ask me!
Klein’s extraordinary work of New York in the fifties makes you stop and wonder off to that period. Beautiful shots of everyday life of different classes and neighbourhoods which where, especially back then, ground-breaking and controversial. The exhibition also displays work made in Rome, Paris, Moscow and Tokyo.
But the highlight is his fashion photographs, mainly shot for Vogue. Even though he claims he “did it for the money”, he shows he was a great innovator in the field of fashion photography. Instead of showing women in a beautiful and serene way, he went for the more edgy shots, for example by using mirrors and portraying models with cigarettes.
Also, don’t miss out on his experiments with abstract photography. Especially given the fact that this was all handmade, with no interference of computer or Photoshop.
The exhibition runs until 12 March in Foam
Keizersgracht 609, Amsterdam