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WILLIAM KLEIN
I didn’t relate to European photography. It was too poetic and anecdodtal for me.... The kinetic quality of New York, the kids, dirt, madness--I tried to find a photographic style that would come close to it.So I would be grainy and contrasted and black. I’d crop, blur, play with the negatives. I didn’t see clean technique being right for New York. I could imagine my pictures lying in the gutter like the New York Daily News. - William Klein

Be yourself. I much prefer seeing something, even it is clumsy, that doesn't look like somebody else's work. - William Klein

I came from the outside, the rules of photography didn't interest me... there were things you could do with a camera that you couldn't do with any other medium... grain, contrast, blur, cock-eyed framing, eliminating or exaggerating grey tones and so on. I thought it would be good to show what's possible, to say that this is as valid of a way of using the camera as conventional approaches. - William Klein

Be yourself. I much prefer seeing something, even it is clumsy, that doesn't look like somebody else's work. - William Klein - On the question: "What advice would you give young photographers just starting out?"

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