William Klein was born in New York City in 1928. After studies in sociology at the City College of New York, he joined the US Army and was stationed in Germany and later France, where he would permanently settle. First enrolling at the Sorbonne, Klein’s interest in abstract art led him to study with Fernand Léger. Klein moved on to photography and achieved widespread fame as a fashion photographer for Vogue and for his photo essays on various cities. Despite having no formal training as a photographer, Klein won the Prix Nadar in 1957 for New York, a book of photographs taken during a brief return to his hometown in 1954. New York is regarded as one of the most influential and groundbreaking photo-books created in the last half of the 20th century. (Photo shot in New York, NY, USA, 1955. Photo sponsor: Lisa Y. Henderson.)