David Bowie, ‘The Look’


© Markus Klinko
New York, U.S.A. 2001
Digital archival pearl C-type print hand signed by the photographer
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‘David often came by my studio to select and edit his photos. Once he stopped by while I was shooting a British GQ editorial with a lot of male and female models running around in towels and he said, ‘This reminds me of the Seventies! And I remember nothing from the Seventies…’ and then he laughed.’ Markus Klinko

‘It was a very small set. For a typical mainstream A-list celebrity shoot, you can have 30 or 40 people on set. But we had four or five. The studio was a 1970s Soho loft that I propped out and added post-production effects to to make it look turn of the century or 1940s. There is a Humphrey Bogart mood in a lot of these photos. It has that Old Hollywood, theatrical approach that Bowie was deliberate about. It was almost like watching him get ready for a play. Towards the end of his life, he did a few theatrical music videos, but in terms of a still photo shoot for an album cover, this was the last big one. I think it’s a celebration of Bowie.’ Markus Klinko for Vanity Fair London

After a hand injury, Klinko decided to become a fashion photographer and retired from his international concert and recording career. During that time, he met Indrani, who later became a regular collaborator in her role as his studio’s digital post production artist and photo editor. Isabella Blow discovered Klinko’s work while at the London Sunday Times and commissioned cover stories from the emerging photographer. Around the same time, Ingrid Sischy, at Interview magazine hired Klinko for various shoots. Iman and David Bowie followed, giving the up and coming photographer a chance to photograph them for their respective book (I am Iman) and album covers (Heathen). From there, he went on to create some of the most iconic album covers of his time, including Beyonce’s Dangerously in Love, and Mariah Carey’s The Emancipation of Mimi. Many of Klinko’s famous celebrity photographs can be seen in his coffee table book ICONS (Perseus). Lincoln Center in New York presented an art exhibit showcasing many prints from the book and since, art galleries and museums around the world have featured his work.

The photography work of Markus Klinko is included in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, U.S.A. International fashion and celebrity photographer and film director residing in New York, Klinko has worked with many modern iconic stars of film, music, and fashion. He has photographed the likes of Beyonce, Lady Gaga, David Bowie, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Kanye West, Anne Hathaway, Kate Winslet, Will Smith, Eva Mendes, Kim Kardashian, Naomi Campbell, and Iman. His editorial clients include Vogue, GQ, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, and Interview magazine. Brands such as Lancôme, L’Oréal Paris, Nike, Hugo Boss, Anna Sui, Pepsi, Skyy Vodka, and Remy Martin have hired Markus Klinko to create advertising campaigns.

Klinko created the cover for David Bowie’s album Heathen, worked with him for the cover of GQ’s Men of the Year issue and co-directed his music video Valentine’s Day. Klinko has also appeared on E! News, Access Hollywood, Fashion Television, CNN’s Showbiz Tonight, Larry King Live
and has been the subject of reality shows.

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