Kai Wiedenhofer or William Klein?

Congratulations to Kai Wiedenhofer who has just picked up the Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism prize worth €50,ooo. Recognised for his well researched projects on life within the occupied territories, he will now go back and complete the project.

The image, ‘Flying Pistol Boys’ used in the publicity is sublime, no question, yet, upon first glance it somehow reminded me of William Klein’s famous shot.











Nothing in it of course, however, it does conjure questions about the context of the two shots. Both images are, in a sense, playful, Klein’s the most aggressive yet likely the most innocent. Wiedenhofer’s on the other hand, will most certainly have a far more powerful story sitting behind it.


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