Markus Klinko

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Markus Klinko is an international fashion/celebrity photographer.[1] and director,[2][3]

Klinko has photographed Beyoncé, Lady Gaga,[4] David Bowie,[5][6] Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Kanye West, Anne Hathaway, Kate Winslet, Will Smith, Christina Aguilera, Keanu Reeves, Ice Spice, Becky G, Eva Mendes, Kim Kardashian, Naomi Campbell,[7] Daphne Guinness[8] 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[9][10][11] raised over one million dollars for children with AIDS in just a few days.[12]

Early life and music career[edit]

Klinko was born in Switzerland of French, Italian, Jewish and Hungarian descent, and spent his early years training to become a classical harp soloist. He studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris under Pierre Jamet and Lily Laskine.[13] Later, Klinko signed an exclusive recording contract with EMI Classics,[14] 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[15], Madame Figaro, Stereo Review, and Ongaku no Tomo.

Photographic career[edit]

After a hand injury in 1994,[16] Klinko decided to become a fashion photographer and retired from his international concert and recording career. During this time Klinko met Indrani, who became a regular collaborator in her role as his studio's digital post production artist, retoucher 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[17]).

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[18][19][20] (Perseus). Lincoln Center in New York presented an art exhibit[21] showcasing many prints from the book and since then, art galleries and museums in Europe, such as the National Portrait Gallery, Washington[22] and Markowicz Fine Art[23] have featured his work.

Klinko has appeared on E! News, Access Hollywood, Fashion Television, CNN's Showbiz Tonight and Larry King Live and has been the subject of the reality show Double Exposure.[24]


  1. ^ Abigail Pesta (2012-11-24). "Shooting the Stars With Fashion Photographers Markus and Indrani". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2015-08-22.
  2. ^ "David Bowie releases 'Valentine's Day' video". 2013-07-16. Retrieved 2015-08-22.
  3. ^ "Marc Ecko's New Ad Campaign Features a Highly Emotional Lindsay Lohan Hologram - The Cut". 2010-08-04. Retrieved 2015-08-22. {{cite magazine}}: Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)
  4. ^ Hill, Patrick (2012-12-23). "Say cheese! Celebs strike a pose for new book by showbiz snappers". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 2012-11-24.
  5. ^ Brandle, Lars (2013-07-16). "David Bowie Presents 'Valentine's Day Video". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-08-22.
  6. ^ "Markus Klinko - David Bowie by Markus Klinko". Markus Klinko. Retrieved 2016-01-30.
  7. ^ "American Photo Nov/Dec 09 Cover by Markus Klinko & Indrani (Photo (America))". November 2009. Retrieved 2015-08-22.
  8. ^ Rosemary Feitelberg (2012-07-02). "Daphne Guinness and 'The Legend of Lady White Snake'". WWD. Retrieved 2015-08-22.
  9. ^ "Markus And Indrani's 'Icons' Features Eerie Photos Of Celebrities In Coffins (PHOTOS)". 2012-11-20. Retrieved 2015-08-22.
  10. ^ "They're alive! Kardashian, Gaga resurrected from 'digital death'". NY Daily News. New York. 2010-12-07. Retrieved 2015-08-22.
  11. ^ "Keep A Child Alive | Josh DiMarcantonio". 2014-05-08. Retrieved 2015-08-22.
  12. ^ "Keep A Child Alive digital death campaign Achieves Goal of $1 million for those affected by HIV/AIDS" (PDF). Keep a Child Alive. 2012-06-10. Retrieved 2015-08-22.
  13. ^ "Markus Klinko". Audiofon Record. Retrieved 2015-08-23.
  14. ^ Pener, Degen (1992-09-13). "EGOS & IDS - Promoting The Harpist As a Hunk". New York Times. Retrieved 2015-08-22.
  15. ^ Pener, Degen (1992-09-13). "EGOS & IDS; Promoting The Harpist As a Hunk". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-01-30.
  16. ^ Carla Bardelli (2012-11-21). "«Addio arpa. Benvenuta fotografia" (in Italian). Retrieved 2015-08-22. {{cite magazine}}: Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)
  17. ^ "'heathen' Sleeve Unveiled - David Bowie Official Blog". David Bowie Official Website. Retrieved 2016-01-30.
  18. ^ Amey, Katie (2012-11-07). "Exclusive: Celebrity Photographers Markus Klinko and Indrani Debut Their First Book 'Icons'". Elle. Retrieved 2015-08-22.
  19. ^ Blalock, Meghan (2012-12-01). "Inside the New Icons Book: Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, and More!". InStyle. Retrieved 2015-08-22.
  20. ^ "Exclusive Preview: Markus + Indrani's Icons". Hong Kong Tatler. 2012-10-09. Retrieved 2015-08-22.
  21. ^ "Pop Icon Photography Duo, Markus Klinko and Indrani, Publish 17 Years of Stunning Imagery". The Huffington Post. 2012-10-30. Retrieved 2015-08-22.
  22. ^ "National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution | Catalog of American Portraits | Portrait Search". 21 August 2015. Retrieved 2016-01-30.
  23. ^ "Celebrity Photographer's Stunning Work is Having a Dallas Moment in New Design District Gallery". PaperCity Magazine. 2019-09-18. Retrieved 2020-06-23.
  24. ^ Ruderman, Zoe (2010-06-15). "The Hot Show to Watch Tonight". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved 2015-08-22.

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