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William Klein: Afrique

June 23 – September 17, 2022

Africa, 1963 Chromogenic print 19 7/8 x 13 1/2 inches

Africa, 1963
Chromogenic print
19 7/8 x 13 1/2 inches

Independence parade, Dakar, Senegal, 1963 Chromogenic print 20 x 13 1/2 inches

Independence parade, Dakar, Senegal, 1963
Chromogenic print
20 x 13 1/2 inches

Independence parade, Dakar, Senegal, 1963 Chromogenic print 20 x 13 1/2 inches

Independence parade, Dakar, Senegal, 1963
Chromogenic print
20 x 13 1/2 inches

Africa, 1963 Chromogenic print; printed 2022 20 x 13 1/2 inches

Africa, 1963
Chromogenic print
20 x 13 1/2 inches

Africa, 1963 Chromogenic print 13 1/2 x 19 7/8 inches

Africa, 1963
Chromogenic print
13 1/2 x 19 7/8 inches

Abidjan, Ivory Coast, 1963 Chromogenic print 19 7/8 x 13 1/2 inches

Abidjan, Ivory Coast, 1963
Chromogenic print
19 7/8 x 13 1/2 inches

Abidjan, Ivory Coast, 1963 Chromogenic print 16 x 10 3/4 inches

Abidjan, Ivory Coast, 1963
Chromogenic print
16 x 10 3/4 inches

Dakar, Senegal, 1963 Chromogenic print 16 x 10 3/4 inches

Dakar, Senegal, 1963
Chromogenic print
16 x 10 3/4 inches

Agadez, NIger, 1963 Chromogenic print 10 7/8 x 16 inches

Agadez, NIger, 1963
Chromogenic print
10 7/8 x 16 inches

Bamako, Mali, 1963 Chromogenic print 16 x 10 3/4 inches

Bamako, Mali, 1963
Chromogenic print
16 x 10 3/4 inches

Africa, 1963 Chromogenic print 13 1/2 x 19 7/8 inches

Africa, 1963
Chromogenic print
13 1/2 x 19 7/8 inches

Africa, 1963 Chromogenic print 13 1/2 x 19 7/8 inches

Africa, 1963
Chromogenic print
13 1/2 x 19 7/8 inches

Africa, 1963 Chromogenic print 19 7/8 x 13 1/2 inches

Africa, 1963
Chromogenic print
19 7/8 x 13 1/2 inches

Africa, 1963 Chromogenic print 13 1/2 x 19 7/8 inches

Africa, 1963
Chromogenic print
13 1/2 x 19 7/8 inches

Africa, 1963 Chromogenic print 13 1/2 x 19 7/8 inches

Africa, 1963
Chromogenic print
13 1/2 x 19 7/8 inches

Untitled (Figures with textiles), 1963 Gelatin silver print; printed c.1980 9 3/8 x 14 inches

Untitled (Figures with textiles), 1963
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1980
9 3/8 x 14 inches

Africa, 1963 Gelatin silver print; printed c.1980 9 7/8 x 13 7/8 inches

Africa, 1963
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1980
9 7/8 x 13 7/8 inches

Untitled (Five figures on porch), 1963 Gelatin silver print; printed later c.1980 9 3/8 x 14 inches

Untitled (Five figures on porch), 1963
Gelatin silver print; printed later c.1980
9 3/8 x 14 inches

Afrique (Africa), 1963 Gelatin silver print; printed c.1980 14 x 10 inches

Afrique (Africa), 1963
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1980
14 x 10 inches

African Woman + Tree, 1963 Gelatin silver print; printed 1980 15 x 11 1/8 inches

African Woman + Tree, 1963
Gelatin silver print; printed 1980
15 x 11 1/8 inches

Marché Bamako (Bamako Market), 1963 Gelatin silver print; printed later c.1980 9 7/8 x 14 7/8 inches

Marché Bamako (Bamako Market), 1963
Gelatin silver print; printed later c.1980
9 7/8 x 14 7/8 inches

Dakar fête de l'indépendance (Dakar independence day), 1963 Gelatin silver print; printed c.1980 9 1/4 x 14 inches

Dakar fête de l'indépendance (Dakar independence day), 1963
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1980
9 1/4 x 14 inches

Feu au bord du fleuve, Niamey, Niger (Fire by the River, Niamey, Niger), 1963 Gelatin silver print; printed 1980 14 5/8 x 10 3/4 inches

Feu au bord du fleuve, Niamey, Niger (Fire by the River, Niamey, Niger), 1963
Gelatin silver print; printed 1980
14 5/8 x 10 3/4 inches

Marché Abidjan (Adidjan Market), 1963 Gelatin silver print; printed c.1980 9 3/8 x 12 inches

Marché Abidjan (Adidjan Market), 1963
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1980
9 3/8 x 12 inches

Dakar fête de l'indépendance (Dakar independence day), 1963 Gelatin silver print; printed c.1980 14 1/8 x 10 1/8 inches

Dakar fête de l'indépendance (Dakar independence day), 1963
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1980
14 1/8 x 10 1/8 inches

Africa, 1963 Chromogenic print 19 7/8 x 13 1/2 inches

Africa, 1963
Chromogenic print
19 7/8 x 13 1/2 inches

Africa, 1963 Chromogenic print 16 1/8 x 22 5/8 inches

Africa, 1963
Chromogenic print
16 1/8 x 22 5/8 inches

Africa, 1963 Chromogenic print; printed 2022 19 7/8 x 13 1/2 inches

Africa, 1963
Chromogenic print
19 7/8 x 13 1/2 inches

Independence parade, Dakar, Senegal, 1963 Chromogenic print 28 1/8 x 41 5/8 inches

Independence parade, Dakar, Senegal, 1963
Chromogenic print
28 1/8 x 41 5/8 inches

Ouagadougou, Upper Volta, 1963 Chromogenic print 13 1/2 x 19 7/8 inches

Ouagadougou, Upper Volta, 1963
Chromogenic print
13 1/2 x 19 7/8 inches

Africa, 1963 Chromogenic print 13 1/2 x 19 7/8 inches

Africa, 1963
Chromogenic print
13 1/2 x 19 7/8 inches

Africa, 1963 Chromogenic print 20 x 13 1/2 inches

Africa, 1963
Chromogenic print
20 x 13 1/2 inches

Agadez, Niger, 1963 Chromogenic print 13 1/2 x 19 7/8 inches

Agadez, Niger, 1963
Chromogenic print
13 1/2 x 19 7/8 inches

Abidjan, Ivory Coast, 1963 Chromogenic print 13 1/2 x 19 7/8 inches

Abidjan, Ivory Coast, 1963
Chromogenic print
13 1/2 x 19 7/8 inches

School out, Dakar, 1963 Gelatin silver print with applied enamel; created 1995 19 5/8 x 23 5/8 inches

School out, Dakar, 1963
Gelatin silver print with applied enamel; created 1995
19 5/8 x 23 5/8 inches

Press Release

Howard Greenberg Gallery will present WILLIAM KLEIN: AFRIQUE from June 23 through September 17, 2022. The exhibition highlights a rediscovered body of work by William Klein, one of the leading photographers of the 20th century.

 

In 1963, Klein traveled to Africa on assignment for the British men’s magazine, Town, and the Weekly Telegraph. From Dakar to Niger to Senegal, Klein made photographs with his bold inimitable style. Some of the images were published, but most remained as negatives and slides in storage and were never printed or exhibited to the public. The work was recently rediscovered in Klein’s Paris studio, and offers an extraordinary opportunity to witness Klein’s dynamic vision at work, using the powerful style that brought acclaim for his photographs of New York, Rome, Tokyo and Moscow. WILLIAM KLEIN: AFRIQUE will survey more than 25 prints in the series.  

 

Klein’s work, which extends into painting, film, graphic design and more,  is currently on view in a retrospective at the International Center of Photography (ICP) entitled WILLIAM KLEIN: YES through September 12.

 

David Campany, the curator of the Klein exhibition at ICP noted, “William Klein's images from various African countries around 1963 are an important aspect of his work. As a street photographer, he had been acutely aware of the complex power structures of race, locally and globally. His 1956 book New York was clear about the city's divides and no American publisher would touch it. Experiences in Africa sharpened his views further, informing his run of landmark documentary films – Cassius Clay, 1964; The Pan-African Festival of Algiers, 1969; Eldridge Cleaver: Back Panther, 1970; and The Little Richard Story, 1980. WILLIAM KLEIN: AFRIQUE is a gathering of images rarely seen beyond a few magazine features in the 1960s.”  

 

Howard Greenberg, who has represented Klein for more than 30 years, remembered seeing some prints from Dakar in 1990. “When David Campany told me he was selecting an Africa image to print large and introduce the (ICP) show, I decided to explore. I found that Klein had spent a considerable amount of time working in Africa in 1963. Klein’s assistant Pierre-Louis dug out black and white and color work to show me. There was enough for a good show of never-before-seen images. The synergy between interest in Africa and Campany’s use of an African image sealed the deal for me. Now we have a show!”