Simone + Nina, Piazza di Spagna, Rome (Vogue)

1960, printed later


Dimensions

Sheet: 50.4 x 40.4 cm (19 13/16 x 15 7/8 in.) Image: 45.1 x 34.1 cm (17 3/4 x 13 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

2006.1393

Medium or Technique

Photograph, gelatin silver print

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Contemporary Art, Photography

Classifications

Photographs

The New York-born, Paris-based photographer William Klein introduced a sense of self-reflective irony to fashion photography. Working for Conde Nast in the late 1950s and early 1960s, he enjoyed making fun in his images of the artificiality and snobbishness of the fashion world. In making this, one of his best-known images, the photographer instructed the models to walk back and forth on the crosswalk, the further one turning back to take note of their similarity of dress. Klein also made sure to include down-to-earth elements of everyday life such as pedestrians and a motorcyclist.

Inscription

Verso, in pencil, across bottom: Simone + Nina, Piazza di Spagna, Rome (1960) William Klein

Credit Line

Ernest Kahn Fund