William Klein,88, photographer, painter, filmmaker at the opening of his retrospective exhibition last night in Milan at PALAZZO DELLA RAGIONE. I know Klein mostly as a b&w street photographer whose best work was done in Italy, Paris, and New York in the 60’s yet he was eclectic and also did fashion and film. I’m not the type who dwells on the so called good old days. I think into the future. Yet seeing Klein and his subject matter did make me take pause. A more defined time than now. Clear lines in the sand. So I have to admit a wee bit of nostalgia to a bygone era. Klein got to explore in ways impossible now. Yet even as feeble as he now is, he had his camera around his neck and was shooting pictures last night. Plus he signed a book for me. I had never met him prior. I was a teenager when he was rocking it in New York. Yet for sure I was his student. My teachers were the books of painters and photographers who came before me. So last night was the most moving of experiences to finally meet one of my mentors. Humbled. Thank you Mr. William Klein for your work of the highest order. 🎈
I’ve just checked into my hotel in Milan and I usually shoot a picture from my room. Coming from Rome to Milan is a bit of an architectural shock, yet I tend to view the most interesting aspects of any new place. I’m headed for an exhibition of master William Kline who will be at the opening tonight. It’s raining hard. Someday I will buy an umbrella. #Milan
Rome. Santa Maria Della Scala. My favorite view for my morning coffee in Trastevere. A half hour from this moment and this same place will be packed with tourists. Just a reality of summer travel everywhere in the world.