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William Klein’s Shoes Polisher … urban codes and libidinal currents

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Ahead of his time in bringing street photography to the mainstream, Klein captures the male energy of the 1980s Soho street life in the early 1980s is captured as a confusion of male energy in this classic 1980 shot, Shoes Polisher, Rocky II, etc, Piccadilly, by the great American experimental photographer William Klein. Signs shout about movie boxing hero Rocky, money, beer and cameras. In an era when this area of central London was infamous for the sex trade, only men pound Klein’s pavements, the women waiting in backstreet rooms.
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