David Bowie - By Markus Klinko

Art Angels Present an exhibition of David Bowie images by Markus Klinko
December 2019

On view at Art Angels
9020 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles
CA 90048

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Markus Klinko has unveiled photos taken of David Bowie that have never been shared publicly before, originally captured for the artist’s 2002 Heathen album. The extensive series ranges from surreal and highly stylised characters – such as Bowie carrying a baby or holding a wolf on a lead – to pared-back portraits. The set also features the final album artwork, showing the artist as a blind man with white, glazed eyes. All the images were apparently inspired by the songs on the album and co-created with Bowie.

Klinko was originally asked to shoot Bowie for the Heathen album artwork after he had photographed Bowie’s wife Iman for the cover of her book, I am Iman. According to Klinko, Bowie consulted on the final image selection for the book and afterwards, Bowie asked him to shoot for his upcoming album. “He asked if I could come over to the Broadway recording studio and listen to some tracks. Bowie said they wanted to play some of the new songs for me before discussing the album art. The mental image of Bowie sitting by a window, smoking cigarettes while his producer played the rough mixes from the board, is a memory that I will never forget. After listening to almost the entire album together, we started talking about the shoot. He had many ideas and was very precise about them.”

“He is one of the very few celebrities I have worked with who personally got involved, and was extremely communicative and very hands-on.”

Klinko has previously photographed Beyoncé, for the cover of her first solo album Dangerously in Love; as well as Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Mariah Carey (for the cover of The Emancipation of Mimi), Kanye West and Naomi Campbell. He has also shot for Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ, Nike, Remy Martin and L’Oreal Paris, and caused a stir with his images for a Keep a Child Alive charity campaign.

The newly revealed photographs are being shown at Art Angels Gallery in Los Angeles along side additional works on view at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Miami.

Markus Klinko is an award-winning, international fashion/celebrity photographer and director, who has worked with many of today's most iconic stars of film, music, and fashion.

Klinko 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 Klinko to create advertising campaigns. His campaign for Keep A Child Alive raised over one million dollars for children with AIDS in just 3 days.

Born in Switzerland of French, Italian, Jewish, and Hungarian descent, Klinko spent his early years training to become a classical harp soloist. He studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris. Later, Klinko signed an exclusive recording contract with EMI Classics, as well as a management contract with Columbia Artists Management. He received the Grand Prix de Disque for his recording of French harp music, with members of the orchestra of the Paris Opera Bastille. Klinko performed in recitals and as a featured soloist with symphony orchestras around the world. He was also regularly featured in such publications as Vogue Italia, Vanity Fair, GQ, The New York Times, Madame Figaro, Stereo Review, and Ongaku no Tomo.

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.

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