Steven Klein appears dauntless in the imagery he wants to create of
men, both suggestive and sensual, nearly decadent …
Steven Klein is one of today’s most trendy photographers in New York. A
graduate of the Rhodes Island School of Design, he has photographed
advertising campaigns for Calvin Klein, Gucci, Trussardi, Roberto
Cavali, Bally, Furla, Air France, Alexander Mac Queen...
disturbing images have been published in magazines such as W, i-D, The
Face, Vogue, Dutch, Details and Visionaire. In the beginning of the
1990’s, Steven Klein built his reputation on a relatively provocative
photographic style. This was clearly visible in the pictures he took of
certain celebrities, including the British football player David
Beckham and Brad Pitt. The actor was portrayed as a contemporary hero
wearing a woman’s clothing.
Similarly to the photographer Bruce Weber,
known for pictures of beautiful teens with exacerbated sexuality,
Steven Klein seems equally dauntless in the imagery he creates of men.
Both suggestive and sensual, nearly decadent, Steven Klein has had a
tremendous influence on men’s fashion photography. Far from preserving
classical, traditional beauty, his photographs favor expressive bodies
in incongruous positions and bright color contrasts. His images have a
nearly Baroque beauty that cultivates ambiguity.
The uncommon images of
Steven Klein represent a point of contact between contemporary art and
tabloid photoreporting insofar as both break away from traditional
images of beauty. The (euphoric) 1980’s were marked by a decade of
prospering stock markets, a cult of the superior model and the body
seen as an object of desire. They were followed by a more critical
period, especially with respect to physical appearance, which became
more realistic with all its imperfections and ambivalences. Steven
Klein took advantage of this decade to emerge as a rising photographer.
Today, Steven Klein lives and works in New-York. He is one of the most
sought-after photographers and his fashion photographs appear regularly
in American, Italian and French editions of Vogue. His personal
photographs have been shown in exhibits in Tokyo, Milan and New York.