William Klein’s Life is Good & Good for You in New York is regarded as one of the most influential and groundbreaking photo-books created in the last half-century. Published in 1956, its visual energy captured the rough-and-tumble streets of New York―a city Klein once described as “the world capital of anguish”―like no photo-book had done before or since. Robert Capa famously declared that if your photographs were no good it was because you were not close enough to your subject, and in Klein’s New York people press themselves up against the lens, dance around it, pull faces, pretend to shoot each other―a visual chaos which is rigorously organized by Klein’s “one American eye and one European eye,” as he once characterized his style. Books on Books 5 reproduces in its entirety Klein’s brilliantly photographed and designed magnum opus.
About the artist:
William Klein (born April 19, 1928) is an American-born French photographer and filmmaker noted for his ironic approach to both media and his extensive use of unusual photographic techniques in the context of photojournalism and fashion photography. He was ranked 25th on Professional Photographer’s list of 100 most influential photographers.
About the publisher:
Errata Editions publishes books of educational and cultural value for a wide audience with a special focus on rare photography books which are unavailable to students and new generations of photographers. We are a group of practicing photographers, designers and educators who share a common love for the mediums of photography and book craft. Errata Editions was founded in 2008 by Valerie Sonnenthal, Jeffrey Ladd and Ed Grazda.