Synopses & Reviews
"We all perform. It's what we do for each other all the time, deliberately or unintentionally. It's a way of telling about ourselves in the hope of being recognized as what we'd like to be."
--Richard Avedon, 1974
The preeminent stars and artists of the performing arts from the second half of the 20th century offered their greatest giftsand#151;and, sometimes, their inner livesand#151;to Richard Avedon. More than 200 are portrayed in Performance, many in photographs that have been rarely or never seen before. Of course, the great stars light the way: Hepburn and Chaplin, Monroe and Garland, Brando and Sinatra. But here too are the actors and comedians, pop stars and divas, musicians and dancers, artists in all mediums with public lives that were essentially performances, who stand at the pinnacle of our cultural achievement.
The celebrated author and critic John Lahr offers an elegant assessment of Avedonand#8217;s achievement. Four supremely talented artists from the performing artsand#151;Mike Nichols, Andrand#233; Gregory, Mitsuko Uchida, and Twyla Tharpand#151;contribute lively and moving memoirs about their collaborations with Avedon.
"This inclusive overview of Klein's career as a photographer, filmmaker, and painter celebrates the pioneering artist for his unconventional methods and their lasting influence on the genres he helped form. The bulk of the book consists of images culled from his long career, including selections from his photo-book Life is Good and Good for You in New York (winner of the 1956 Prix Nadar) and similar projects on Tokyo, Moscow, and Paris, as well as images from his satirical and documentary films and fashion photography. Klein selected the images himself and they demonstrate a consistency of style and technique, collapsing decades of work into a familiar and singular points of reference. A formative photographer in several genres, Klein's move into the medium from his training as a painter resulted in work that bucked the trends and techniques of his early decades, and David Campany's brief opening essay positions him as an artist who is equally of his time and willing to transcend it. The book's lasting value lies in the opportunity to see Klein himself scanning decades of work and selecting images that still resonate with him today a project that offers incisive glimpses into both his photography and the culture that bore it. Color images. (Mar)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Born in New York in 1929, William Klein is one of the leading photographers of the postwar era, as well as an influential filmmaker, painter, and graphic artist. This astonishing book, selected and designed by Klein himself, offers a visual survey of his long and varied career. It includes his poetic street photography of New York, Moscow, Rome, Tokyo, and Paris; his exciting fashion photography; stills and posters from his bitingly satirical films; and his graphically powerful painted contact sheets.
Klein, whose achievement puts him on a level with Robert Frank, Richard Avedon, and Irving Penn, lives in Paris and is revered in Europe. This is the first comprehensive book on his work published in the United States in 20 years.
About the Author
John Lahr is Senior Drama Critic of The New Yorker. In 2002, he was the first drama critic ever to win a Tony Award. Mike Nichols is an American Emmy Award, Academy Award, Grammy Award, and Tony Awardand#150;winning stage and film director, writer, and producer. Andrand#233; Gregory is an American director and actor. His best-known film appearance was as the title character in My Dinner with Andre. Mitsuko Uchida is a classical pianist, renowned for her recordings of Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert. Twyla Tharp is a leading American dancer and choreographer.