Bruno Corà and Daniel Moquay, Yves Klein (Lugano: Museo d’Arte, 2009), cover and pp. 112-3
Mia Fineman, Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012), frontispiece, pp. 182 and 252
Simon Baker and Fiontán Moran, Performing for the Camera (London: Tate Publishing, 2016), p. 10
This iconic photograph is actually a careful composite of two negatives. Shunk-Kender, as they were known, first took a photograph of Klein jumping from a second story window, landing safely in a tarpaulin held below by friends. Next, they photographed the same scene but devoid of people, except for a bicyclist (possibly Kender himself) peddling away at right. The two negatives were then printed carefully on the same sheet to produce the final ‘documentary’ image.
This photograph was notably first published on 27 November 1960 in Klein’s parody newspaper Dimanche—Le journal d’un seul jour. Intentionally designed to resemble the French newspaper Le journal du dimanche, the translated headline reads: ‘A man in space! The painter of space throws himself into the Void!’ Printed on occasion of the Festival d’Art d’Avant-Garde, this 4-page broadside was available for one day at Paris newsstands, selling for 35 cents.
Although there are a few alternate, preparatory versions of this photograph, including some taken from other viewpoints and one that does not feature a bicycle or train, the present composition remains the most recognizable and reproduced, as it was the version chosen by Klein for Dimanche. Early prints of any size are rare. At the time of this writing, it is believed that only 3 other prints have appeared at auction in recent memory. The Shunk-Kender Archive is divided among several institutions, and prints of this image are in the following collections: the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and the Menil Collection, Houston.
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