Photographer Profile ~ Steven Klein

Steven Klein (born on April 30, 1965) is an American photographer based in New York.

"Steven Klein has created some of the most memorable, iconic images of our time by subverting our notions of glamour, fame, and beauty—in the process exploding our expectations of contemporary photography"

After studying painting at the Rhode Island School of Design, he moved into the field of photography. Klein shot high-profile advertising campaigns for various clients including Calvin Klein, D&G, Alexander McQueen and Nike and is a regular contributor to magazines including American and Paris Vogue, i-D, Numéro, W and Arena. His work has featured in numerous exhibitions, most recently at the Gagosian Gallery, California and the Brancolini Grimaldi Gallery in Florence.

Klein is well known for his W Magazine editorials with Madonna, Tom Ford, Brad Pitt and numerous others. He often works with Lighting Director David Devlin. Klein is represented by Todd Shemarya Artists for photography and Station Film for commercials. [via wiki & other sources]

“It’s like, maybe, you know, Brad and Madonna are two of the biggest icons in the world,” says Klein. “But I don’t connect with them because of their standing. I’ve connected with them because of their way of morphing into my pictures, and being willing to go there with me.”

“The thing that gets frustrating about fashion,” Klein says, “is that as a photographer you always want to grab on to something that reflects what’s happening in the world, what’s in the street. You don’t want to just fabricate these dream lives of these idealistic Barbie dolls that don’t even exist anymore.”

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