William Klein: Black and Light, Early Abstracts (1952-2015) is the first publishing of a seminal maquette created in 1952 by cult photographer, film-maker and master of the photo book, William Klein It is comprised completely of experimental photograms made only with light and movement - events captured and transformed in the darkroom. Created just after and inspired by Klein’s late 40’s/early 50’s geometric paintings and screens, when first exhibited in 1953 they led directly to his invitation to work for Vogue in 1954. The rest, as they say, is history.
“This was Klein’s first attempt at making a book. It is here that he began to play with scale, page layout, design and sequencing, developing the skills that would come to shape the string of influential publications for which he is justly celebrated. Indeed that first maquette has all the Klein hallmarks: the free flow of motifs, the unbounded graphic energy, the flattened all-over compositions, the refusal of white borders to contain the prints, full bleeds to the edge of the page and double-spreads crossing the gutter. More to the point, the imagery is not in the book, like plates in an album: the imagery is the book. Form and content are entirely unified so that book becomes a work in itself, a coherent object of art and design” -— David Campany