Photography: Come On, Baby, Do the Locomotion

In a San Diego retrospective, William Klein comes home

For Americans, William Klein is the least palpable of their great photographers, like one of the ectoplasmic figures in his own blurry street shots. Nowadays every history of photography gives his wild pictures of the early 1950s their due. But though born in New York City, Klein, 58, has lived in Paris since 1948, when he arrived packing the camera he won in a G.I. poker game. Living abroad made him less of a presence in the camera circles of his native country. So did the truculent novelty of his early work. Klein's debut volume of New York street photography, published...

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