Dean Karr

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Dean Karr
Born (1965-02-22) February 22, 1965 (age 53)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Occupation Photographer, director

Dean Karr (born February 22, 1965) is an American photographer and music video, commercial, and film director.


A native of Seattle, Washington, Karr received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Washington State University. Moving to Los Angeles he attend the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. He went on to capture on film the reality of the extraordinary characters that he encountered in the heart of the city. His painterly technique was highly original, the images shockingly beautiful - an important new visual artist burst upon the scene.

The promise of his early work led to Karr being asked to direct Marilyn Manson’s "Sweet Dreams." The resulting piece drew immediate and broad commercial attention, and served to propel both Manson and Karr into the forefront of the visual rock world. He was immediately in demand to work with other top artists.

Broadcast commercial projects quickly followed. Karr’s spot work combines the immediacy of current life-styles with bold imagery and strong product recognition. Recent clients have included: Trident Gum (Saatchi & Saatchi), LG Phones (Alcone), Busch Gardens/SeaWorld Entertainment (Momentum), Palms Hotels (S+K Group), Mazda Automobiles (Foote, Cone & Belding), Woolrich (Siquis, Ltd.), Mortal Kombat (DDB Needham), and eight annual campaigns for Universal Studios and Coca-Cola’s Halloween Horror Nights (David & Goliath Agency).

His ground-breaking music videos have been seen by millions – at first on MTV and then viral on the web. Among the artists he has worked with are: Evanescence, Lisa Marie Presley, The Dave Matthews Band, X-Japan, Stevie Nicks, Willie Nelson, Velvet Revolver, Damian Marley, Ozzy Osbourne, Cypress Hill, Tommy Lee, Everlast, Dr. Dre, Queens of the Stone Age, Godsmack, and Iron Maiden. They have received major MTV, Billboard, and MVPA Awards. Karr won "Video of the Year" and "Best Rock Video" at the recent MUCH Music Awards.

Dean Karr's photography has received international recognition. His numerous commercial print campaigns include: Universal Studios, HBO, Tommy Hilfiger, Busch Gardens, Astrella Designs and the National Ad Council. His striking entertainment print work includes artists such as: Chris Rock, T-Pain, Tool, Marilyn Manson, Lenny Kravitz, Busta Rhymes, AC/DC, Tommy Lee, Undercover Slut and Three Doors Down. Karr's art photography has been the subject of exhibitions at museums and galleries, including: LACMA Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Art Modern Gallery, Moscow; Institute of Actual Art, Kiev; and the prestigious Merry Karnowsky Gallery in Los Angeles."[1]

Karr is currently represented by Mirror Films for broadcast commercials and new media, Wild Indigo for video and film, and Grannyfinger for photography.

Photography, Printwork and Other Designs[edit]

Year Project
2014 Mayhem Festival Book
2014 Soundtrack Composer Joseph Bishara Campaign #2
2014 Choco Chicken Restaurant
2014 Amen publicity photos
2014 Sebastian "What's Next Awards" Official photographer
2014 Revolver Magazine "Golden God Awards" Official photographer
2014 Astrella Fashion shirt line photoshoot #2
2014 Rock in Fashion by John Varvatos
2014 Eyehategod publicity shoot
2014 Revolver Magazine Pantera cover
2014 Astrella Fashion shirt line photoshoot #1
2014 Down Live Shoot
2013 NATVA Live Event Creative Director (Las Vegas)
2013 Mayhem Festival Photographer
2013 The Grammy Museum Heavy Metal Exhibition
2012 Revolver Magazine Marilyn Manson cover
2011 Art Moves Book project
2011 Soundtrack Composer Joseph Bishara Campaign
2011 Heavy T.O. Festival Toronto
2010 Sebastian International Hair Show Creative Director
2010 Busch Gardens "My Ex" Halloween campaign
2010 Wacken Festival Germany
2010 Download Festival (U.K.)
2010 Pie Magazine Pictorials (Issues #3 and #4)
2010 Personal Waste Management
2010 Linius Campaign
2009 Producer/DJ Tom Rothrock Campaign
2009 Pie Magazine Pictorials #1 & #2
2009 Shannon Lark Scream Queen Campaign
2009 Velvet Revolver
2009 Imagozine Feature Article "Fable Issue"
2009 Revolver Magazine article
2008 Auschwitz Book Project
2008 Best Buy/Mac Convention Live Demo
2008 Hijacked: Volume One Book feature
2008 New Look Magazine feature article
2007 Designer Sheri Bodell Campaign
2007 Kutna Hora Sedlec Ossuary Czech Republic
2007 Pilsner Urquell Brewery, Plzeň Czech Republic
2007 Universal Studios "Jack the Clown" Halloween Horror Nights Campaign
2007 Switch Magazine Feature article
2007 Velvet Revolver
2007 IdN Magazine Feature article
2007 Playboy Ukraine Magazine Feature article
2005 Tommyland (Book) by Tommy Lee
2004 Kerrang Magazine article

Album Art[edit]

Year Artist Album
2014 Otherwise Peace at all Costs
2013 Walking Papers featuring Duff McKagan Walking Papers
2013 DevilDriver Winter Kills
2013 Leanne Kingwell Choking on Halos
2012 Marilyn Manson Born Villain
2011 ZZ Top Live in Nashville
2011 Chris Shinn Chris Shinn
2010 Danko Jones Below the Belt
2009 The Cliks Dirty King
2009 Iron Maiden Live in Los Angeles
2009 Arkaea Years in the Darkness
2008 Judas Priest Live in Las Vegas
2008 Slayer Live in Seattle
2008 Undercover Slut Amerikkka Macht Frei
2008 T-Pain Thr33 Ringz
2007 Black Sabbath and Megadeth Live in Los Angeles
2007 Static-X Cannibal
2007 In This Moment Beautiful Tragedy
2007 Matchbox Twenty Exile on Mainstream
2006 Sworn Enemy The Beginning of the End
2006 Unwritten Law 20th Century Masters The Millennium Collection: The Best of Unwritten Law
2006 Three Days Grace One-X
2006 Cee-Lo Closet Freak: The Best of Cee-Lo Green the Soul Machine
2005 Chris Rock Never Scared
2005 10 Years The Autumn Effect
2005 3 Doors Down Seventeen Days
2004 Flaw Endangered Species
2004 SOiL Redefine
2004 Marilyn Manson Lest We Forget: The Best of
2003 A Perfect Circle Thirteenth Step
2003 Gus Black Uncivilized Love
2003 Sworn Enemy As Real as It Gets
2003 A Perfect Circle Weak and Powerless
2002 Element Eighty Element Eighty
2002 Ours Precious
2002 Goo Goo Dolls Gutterflower
2002 Hatebreed Perseverance
2002 Cee-Lo Cee-Lo Green and His Perfect Imperfections
2002 Megadeth Rude Awakening
2002 Busta Rhymes Total Devastation: The Best of Busta Rhymes
2002 Unwritten Law Elva
2002 Pleasure Club Here Comes the Trick
2002 Iron Maiden Rock in Rio
2001 American Head Charge The War of Art
2001 Alice Cooper The Definitive Alice Cooper
2001 Adema Adema
2001 40 Below Summer Invitation to the Dance
2001 Various Artists Pledge of Allegiance Tour: Live Concert Recording
2001 Slipknot Iowa
2000 The Union Underground An Education in Rebellion
2000 Amen We Have Come for Your Parents
2000 Matchbox Twenty Mad Season
2000 Mudvayne L.D. 50
1999 N.W.A. The N.W.A Legacy, Vol. 1: 19881998
1999 Machinehead From This Day
1999 Slipknot Slipknot
1998 Zilch 3.2.1.
1998 Stabbing Westward Darkest Days
1998 Vanilla Ice Hard to Swallow
1998 Xzibit 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz
1998 Method Man Tical 2000: Judgement Day
1998 Cypress Hill Cypress Hill IV
1997 Busta Rhymes Dangerous
1997 Korn Good God
1996 Above the Law Time Will Reveal
1996 Marilyn Manson Antichrist Superstar
1995 Alice Cooper Classicks
1994 Alice Cooper The Last Temptation
1994 Pantera Far Beyond Driven
1993 The Golden Palominos This Is How It Feels
1993 Tool Undertow
1993 Mind over Four Half Way Down
1993 Machines of Loving Grace Concentration
1993 For Love Not Lisa Merge
1993 The Pooh Sticks Million Seller
1992 Penthouse Players Clique Paid the Cost
1992 African Unity The Book of African Unity, Vol. 1: Out of the Flames
1992 MC Ren Kizz My Black Azz
1992 The Mod Squad People's Park
1992 Rastine Afrodisiac
1992 Eazy-E 5150: Home 4 tha Sick
1992 Shadow Project Dreams for the Dying
1992 Slammin' Gladys Slammin' Gladys
1991 Tung Twista Runnin' Off at Da Mouth

Music videos[edit]

Year Artist Title
2016 Korn Rotting In Vain
2013 Lisa Marie Presley You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet
2012 Evanescence My Heart Is Broken [2]
2010 X Japan Jade
2008 Velvet Revolver Get Out the Door
2007 Willie Nelson Gravedigger
2007 Billy Talent Fallen Leaves
2007 Velvet Revolver She Builds Quick Machines
2007 Shooter Jennings It Ain't Easy
2006 Damian Marley featuring Bobby Brown Beautiful
2006 Three Days Grace Animal I Have Become
2006 Wicked Wisdom Bleed All Over Me
2006 Daughtry It's Not Over
2005 Anthony Hamilton Can't Let Go
2005 Tommy Lee Good Times
2005 Jason Mraz Wordplay
2005 Nickel Creek When In Rome
2005 Seether Remedy
2005 Seether Truth
2005 Alter Bridge Broken Wings
2004 Anouk Lost
2004 Three Days Grace Home
2004 Alter Bridge Open Your Eyes
2004 Everlast White Trash Beautiful
2004 Cypress Hill What's Your Number?
2003 Velvet Revolver Set Me Free
2003 Jason Mraz The Remedy (I Won't Worry)
2003 Godsmack Straight Out of Line
2003 Cave In Anchor
2003 Mudvayne Not Falling (Snow Version)
2003 The Distillers Drain the Blood
2003 Puddle of Mudd Away from Me
2003 Backyard Babies Minus Celsius
2002 Queens of the Stone Age No One Knows
2002 Flaw Whole
2002 Tommy Lee Hold Me Down
2001 Mushroomhead Solitaire/Unraveling
2001 Amen The Price of Reality
2001 Damian Marley featuring Stephen Marley, Capleton and Drag-On It Was Written
2001 Stevie Nicks Every Day
2000 Cypress Hill (Rap) Superstar
2000 Cypress Hill (Rock) Superstar
2000 Catherine Wheel Sparks Are Gonna Fly
2000 3 Doors Down Kryptonite
2000 Iron Maiden The Wicker Man
1999 Coal Chamber featuring Ozzy Osbourne Shock the Monkey
1999 Godsmack Voodoo
1998 Cheap Trick I'm Losing You
1998 Dave Matthews Band Crush
1998 Dave Matthews Band Stay (Wasting Time)
1998 Dave Matthews Band Don't Drink the Water
1998 Deep Forest Madazulu
1998 John Forté featuring Wyclef Jean and Jeni Fujita Ninety Nine (Flash the Message)
1998 Zilch Electric Cucumber
1997 Soul Assassins featuring Dr. Dre and B-Real Puppet Master
1997 Duran Duran Out of My Mind
1997 The Verve Pipe Villains
1997 Deftones My Own Summer (Shove It)
1996 Filter Jurassitol
1996 Ozzy Osbourne I Just Want You
1996 Screaming Trees Sworn and Broken
1996 Dave Matthews Band Crash into Me
1995 Marilyn Manson Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
1994 Danzig I Don't Mind the Pain
1994 Corrosion of Conformity Clean My Wounds
1994 Love and Rockets Sweet Lover Hangover
1994 The Tea Party Fire in the Head
1994 Sass Jordan Pissin' Down

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  1. ^ - Retrieved on June 17, 2014.
  2. ^ - Retrieved on December 3, 2011.

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