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Chance Encounters: A Study of Two Groundbreaking Postwar Photo Books by William Klein and Daido Moriyama

Jessica Kloville


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Chance Encounters: A Study of Two Groundbreaking Postwar Photo Books by William Klein and Daido Moriyama

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Jessica Kloville

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This thesis explores two important postwar photography books that subtly subverted the conventions of objective photography and photojournalism in favor of a more subjective and personal approach, partially influenced by existentialist philosophy that was popularized in the nuclear age. The publications are William Klein’s "Life is Good and Good For You in New York: Trance Witness Revels" (1956) and Daido Moriyama’s "Shashin yo Sayonara" [Farewell Photography] (1972). Through the study of these two photo books, this thesis is an endeavor to suggest that there are significant conceptual parallels in the postwar photography of the East and the West. There are a number of commonalities that prove to be interesting material for examination, stylistically, thematically, and philosophically.

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Jessica Kloville, “Chance Encounters: A Study of Two Groundbreaking Postwar Photo Books by William Klein and Daido Moriyama,” History of Art & Design Theses, accessed November 18, 2017, http://hadthesis.pratt.edu/items/show/61.