RomePhotographs by William Klein
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To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the release of Rome by photographer William Klein, Aperture is pleased to publish a revised edition of this classic, rare photobook in a two-volume slip-cased edition.
In 1956, a 28-year-old William Klein arrived in Rome to assist Federico Fellini on his film Nights of Cabiria (1957). When the start of filming was delayed, Klein spent his time strolling about the city with Fellini, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Alberto Moravia, and other avant-garde Italian writers and artists serving as his guides. It was on these walks that Rome, a radical and brilliant visual diary of the city, was born. First published in 1959, it features quirky extended captions interspersed with observations about the city by Stendhal, Michelet, Mark Twain, Henry James, and others.
This beautifully produced edition includes Klein's never-before-seen fashion pictures, along with new and updated text by the photographer. Now redesigned to encompass two volumes in a special slipcase, this new edition offers audiences another chance to celebrate this groundbreaking work. As Fellini said, "Rome is a movie, and Klein did it."
After graduating from university, WILLIAM KLEIN (born in New York, 1928) settled in Paris and became a painter. He returned to New York in 1954 and made a photographic logbook that was published two years later, winning him worldwide acclaim: Life Is Good & Good for You in New York (Prix Nadar, 1956). Later, he produced books dedicated to Tokyo, Moscow, and Paris. Painter, photographer, moviemaker, and graphic designer, Klein eludes all labels and categories.