Klein’s comment from the book on the role of Vogue as a “monthly shot of culture” compared to the art and photography magazines of the time is salient:
In the 1950s, there weren’t many magazines publishing ‘serious’ photography. The art magazines almost never did, and photography magazines were mostly preoccupied with sunsets, wrinkled old ladies and fishing ports – and Life and Look were Life and Look. It was only in Harpers Bazaar, for example, that you could see pictures of Brassai or Cartier-Bresson. Today, Vogue is on the same rack as the Enquirer in the supermarkets. But then, for many, Vogue was the monthly shot of culture .”
Go to http://www.americansuburbx.com/2012/03/william-klein-the-new-york-school-photographs-1936-1963-1992.html to read the whole fabulous excerpt.