Steven Klein  (American, 1965) 

Steven Klein (American, b.1965) is a celebrated American photographer who won acclaim for his photography style, which has been described as eclectic, conceptual, sexual, and subversive. Klein's love for photography began in 1975 at the age of 10, when he built a dark room in his parents' basement. He began to take tons of photos of a fashionable sixth grader he deemed his muse. He credits her for introducing him to the world of fashion. After high school, Klein studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design. After graduating in 1985, he decided to focus full time on photography. Klein has said that the artists Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973) and Francis Bacon (English, 1909–1992) have greatly influenced his photography style.

His first photography job out of school was shooting a Christian Dior mascara ad campaign in Paris. Klein worked on a wide variety of advertising campaigns for high-end clients like Calvin Klein and Dolce & Gabbana. In 1994, he photographed his first Vogue portfolio titled Nude Study with models Jaime Rishar, Shalom Harlow, and Nadja Auermann. Klein's first solo photography exhibit, Steven Klein, took place in 1997 at the Staley-Wise Gallery in New York City.

One of Klein's most famous pictorials ran in the July 1999 issue of W magazine and featured Brad Pitt portraying his character from the movie Fight Club. His shots of David Beckham for Arena Homme Plus in 2000 are the first to position the soccer player as a fashion icon. His shoot for the same magazine in 2001 featuring a bloodied, tough-looking Justin Timberlake turned the singer's image from "boy band singer" into "leading man" overnight. Klein went on to shoot one of Alexander McQueen's first ad campaigns in 2002. Later that year, the Musée de l'Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland exhibited a retrospective of his work up to that point. In 2003, Soho's Deitch Projects in New York City debuted X-STaTCI PRO=CeSS, a collection of photos that Klein collaborated on with Madonna. Madonna later used those images on her Re-Invention tour. In 2005, W magazine released the infamous photo shoot featuring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie as a retro, mid-century married couple mired as marital distress. The photos, meant to promote the movie i>Mr. and Mrs. Smith, were intimate and provocative and lead to intense speculation about the actor's personal relationship. More recently, Klein shot the video for Lady Gaga's "Alejandro" in 2010 and ad campaigns featuring Rihanna in 2011. Always in demand by today's hottest and most influential tastemakers, Klein continues to inspire, challenge, and provoke the senses with his work.

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Steven Klein, Kate Moss


Steven Klein
Kate Moss

Camera Work
Steven Klein, Untitled


Steven Klein
ACRIA – Aids Community Research Initiative of America
Steven Klein, Untitled


Steven Klein

Vered Gallery
Steven Klein, Case Study No. 12, Image #34


Steven Klein
Case Study No. 12, Image #34
Camilla Grimaldi
Steven Klein, X-Static Pro=cess 07


Steven Klein
X-Static Pro=cess 07

Camera Work
Steven Klein, Valley of the Dolls Image No. 03


Steven Klein
Valley of the Dolls Image No. 03

Camera Work
Steven Klein, Image No. 5 from Case Study 13


Steven Klein
Image No. 5 from Case Study 13
Camilla Grimaldi
Steven Klein, Madonna 01


Steven Klein
Madonna 01

Vered Gallery
Steven Klein, Girl on Her Head


Steven Klein
Girl on Her Head
Vered Gallery
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Steven Klein, Kate Moss - Study #4, for W, March


Steven Klein
Kate Moss - Study #4, for W, March, 2012
archival pigment print, mntd on aluminum


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Steven Klein, Kate Moss - Study #7, for W, March


Steven Klein
Kate Moss - Study #7, for W, March, 2012
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Steven Klein, Case Study No. 13, Image No. 34


Steven Klein
Case Study No. 13, Image No. 34, 2005
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1962   Born in Rhode Island
  Lives and works in New York, NY
2009   Extreme Beauty in Vogue: Palazza della Ragione, Milan
2009   Weird Beauty: International Center of Photography, New York
2008   POL. aR. Oid Vered Gallery, New York
2008   Fashion in the Mirror: The Photographers' Gallery, London
2007   Steven Klein: Vered Gallery, New York
2007   Secret Ceremony: Galleria Cardi, Milan Italy
2007   Face of Fashion: National Portrait Gallery, London, England
2006   "Fashion Portraits," Vered Gallery, East Hampton, New York (solo)
2005   Case Study #13, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, California (solo)
2005   X-STaTIC PRO=CeSS (Madonna), Brancolini Grimaldi, Florence, Italy (solo)
2005   Superstars: From Warhol to Madonna, Kunsthallewein, Vienna Austria
2005   Passionate Image: The Body in Advertising, Steven Kasher Gallery, New York, New York
2005   Passionate Image: The Body in Advertising, LIGHTBOX Gallery, Los Angeles, California
2005   "From the Source, Fashion Photographs," Corkin Shopland Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2004 - 2005   Steven Klein/Madonna X-STaTIC PRO=CeSS, Camera Work, Berlin (solo)
2004   X-STaTIC PRO=CeSS (Madonna), NRW Forum Kultur Und Wirtschaft, Dusseldorf, Germany (solo)
2004   X-STaTIC PRO=CeSS (Madonna), Schirmer Mosel, Germany (solo)
2004   Fashion Passion: One Hundred Years of Fashion, OCA Pavillion Museum, Sao Paolo, Brazil
2004   The New Gothic: Art for the Tortured Soul, Cokkie Snoei Gallery, Rotterdam, Netherlands
2003   Nueva Tokyo Film Festival LaForet Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2003   AMFAR Portfolio Curated by Jack Pierson, Cheim & Read Gallery, New York
2003   X-STaTIC PRO=CeSS (Madonna), Deitch Projects, New York (solo)
2003   Archeology of Elegance Fashion Photography 1980 - 2000, Munich
2002   The Fourth Sex, Stazione Leopoida, Florence
2002   Copy, Ruth Horowitz, New York
2002   The Holiday Show, Staley Wise, New York
2002   JT Leroy, Deitch Projects, New York (solo)
2002   Steven Klein American Beauty, Musee de l’Elysee, Lausanne, Switzerland (solo)
2001   a dog and pony show, Staley Wise, New York
2000   A Century of Fashion 1900 - 2000, Staley Wise, New York
2000   W/The Show, Robert Miller Gallery, New York
1999   Visionaire 27 Movement, Visionaire Gallery, 11 Mercer Street, New York
1999   Hillside Forum, Hillside Terrace F Tower, 18-8, Sarugakucho, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
1998   Photographs, Carla Sozzani Gallery, Milan (solo)
1998   Addressing the Century:100 Years of Art and Fashion, London
1998   International Festival of Fashion Photography,New York
1998   H20 Fashion Exhibition, Howard Greenberg Gallery & H20 Company, Japan
1997   International Festival of Fashion Photography, Soeul, Korea
1997   I Paparazzi, Robert Miller Gallery, New York
1997   Verv, Up & Company, Exhibition and launch for Very Magazine, New York
1997   Summer Pleasure, Staley-Wise Gallery, New York
1997   Photographer's Gallery, London
1997   Best of Fashion Photography, Festival International de la Photo de Mode, New York
1997   Photographs, Quartier 206, Berlin (solo)
1997   Photographs, Staley-Wise Gallery, New York (solo)
1996   The Crossing, Fashion Photography in the 90's, Parco Gallery, Japan
1996   Best of Fashion Photography, Festival International de la Photo de Mode, New York
1995   Color of Fashion, Staley-Wise Gallery, New York
1995   Best of Fashion Photography, Festival International de la Photo de Mode, New York
1994   A Positive View, Saatchi Gallery, London
1994   Fashion: Evolution / Revolution, FotoFest, Fifth International,Festival of Photography, Houston