From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
William Klein (born April 19, 1928) is an American photographer and filmmaker. Though born in New York City and educated at City College of New York, Klein is predominantly active in France. He has directed a number of feature films, including the 1966 film Who Are You, Polly Magoo? and the anti-American satire Mr. Freedom. Klein's photography won the Prix Nadar in 1956.
John Galliano controversy
The photographer, who lives in France he was paid in 2007, 200,000 euros ($271,800) in damage for unauthorized use his work. In his March 28 decision, Judge Claude Vallet said John Galliano's advertisements too closely resembled Klein's hallmark "painted contacts" — oversized painted contact sheets streaked with stokes of vivid color.