Caroline Kennedy, 1978
Photograph © Alan Kleinberg
Original mock- up of portraits book for Kleinberg made by Marvin Israel
Photographs by Alan Kleinberg

Outlet Gallery's John Silvis with Alan Kleinberg and Susan Forristal,
Hanging the show, May 7, 2014

Carolina Herrera, Studio 54 owner Steve Rubell and Rod Stewart at Studio 54
Photograph 1979 © Alan Kleinberg

I’ve known Alan Kleinberg since I was a teenager in art school in the late sixties. At that time he was one of New York’s most sought-after hairdressers from the prestigious Kenneth salon, working with top fashion photographers and models for Vogue, Glamour and other magazine shoots.

Working with notable photographers such as Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, and Saul Leiter, Kleinberg learned how to handle a camera and develop his own film. He credits Leiter in particular, along with Louis Faurer, with influencing his approach to photography and his interest in human subjects.

He later went on to wear many hats. He was Producer on Jim Jarmusch’s independent art house film, Down by Law; also as Producer, he was a nominee for a Grammy Award with David Byrne, directing the one hour Talking Heads compilation music video “Story Telling Giant” and an MTV Award for “Close to the Edit”. His company, Big Z, was formed with the Academy Award winning film director, Zbigniew Rybczynski, created many innovative music video’s.

I’ve never seen Alan without a camera, usually a Leica. He shoot’s in black and white and everything he shoots is great. His extensive archive is a treasure-trove of the coolest history of New York from the 1970’s through today. 

Alan Kleinberg’s debut exhibition opened at the OUTLET Gallery in Bushwick with 29 black and white images from his vast archive of New York City’s downtown scene during the 1970’s....Read more here on L'Oeil de la Photographie

Photographs by Alan Kleinberg
May 9 - June 1, 2014
Outlet Fine Art Gallery
253 Wilson Avenue Brooklyn NY

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