Photography by William Klein. Texts by Alberto Moravia, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Ennio Flaiano, Federico Fellini.
Aperture, New York, 2009. 224 pp., 120 black & white illustrations, 9¾x13½".
In 1956, a 28-year oldWilliam Klein arrived in Rome, fresh from the debut of his
now classic monograph Life Is Good & Good for You in New York, to assist
Federico Fellini on his film Nights of Cabiria. Filming was delayed, and so Klein
instead strolled about the city in the company of Fellini, Pier Paolo Pasolini,
Alberto Moravia and other avant-garde Italian writers and artists who served as
his guides. It was on these walks that Rome, a pioneering and brilliant visual
diary of the city,was born. First published in 1959, Klein’s Rome features the
quirky extended captions that distinguished his New York book, interspersed
with observations about the city by Stendhal, Michelet, Mark Twain, Henry James
and others. Today it is one of the most celebrated photography books of the
twentieth century. To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Rome’s publication,
Aperture (in close collaboration with Contrasto) has produced a revised edition,
which includes previously unseen fashion pictures made in Rome and an updated
text by the photographer. Redesigned to encompass two volumes in a special
PVC slipcase, this new edition offers audiences another chance to celebrate one
of the great photobooks. As Fellini said,“Rome is a movie, and Klein did it.”
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