Life is good & Good for you in New York

by William Klein



First UK edition first impression from 1956 in VG+ condition, the book is near fine, no internal markings, pages clean, binding firm. There is a soft bump to the top of the spine, The jacket has some loss to the top of spine, The New York guide is attached to the binding and loosely laid in to the front endpage. 

Life is Good & Good for You in New York is regarded as one of the most influential and groundbreaking photo-books created in the last half-century. Published in 1956, its visual energy captured the rough-and-tumble streets of New York--a city Klein once described as "the world capital of anguish"--like no photo-book had done before or since. Robert Capa famously declared that if your photographs were no good it was because you were not close enough to your subject, and in Klein's New York people press themselves up against the lens, dance around it, pull faces, pretend to shoot each other--a visual chaos which is rigorously organized by Klein's "one American eye and one European eye," as he once characterised his style.