Remember that dazzling pic of a shimmering Beyoncé on the cover of her Dangerously in Love debut album? How about the siren, Poison Ivy-esque photo of Britney Spears in The Forest? Or David Bowie taking a snarling wolf for a walk?
All those images were captured by Swiss photographer Markus Klinko, the modern version of iconic celebrity photographers Herb Ritts and Annie Leibovitz. The star Swiss shutterbug is the center of a new show — appropriately titled "ICONS KLINKO" — running now through March 25 at Nicole Longnecker Gallery (1440 Greengrass Dr.). The gallery is hosting a special opening reception at 4 pm Saturday, February 4.
Consider the roster of Klinko subjects: Beyoncé, Bowie, Britney, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Kanye West, Anne Hathaway, Kate Winslet, Will Smith, Eva Mendes, Naomi Campbell, and Iman. The award-winning, internationally renowned Klinko has shot for power publications Vogue, GQ, Vanity Fair, Harper's Bazaar, and Interview.
Speaking of power players, Lancôme, L'Oréal Paris, Nike, Hugo Boss, Anna Sui, Pepsi, Skyy Vodka, and Remy Martin are just a few of the globab brands who've employed Klinko to craft advertising campaigns.
But it's not all glitz and glam for Klinko. The good-hearted photog's fundraising campaign, "Keep A Child Alive," raised more than $1 million for children fighting AIDS in a mere three days.
“Markus Klinko has single-handily defined a modern fashion photography style which captures the power of his subjects,” said gallery owner Nicole Longnecker, in a statement. “The depth of the photographs invite the viewer to jump in with a wonderful iridescent quality that is both painterly and narrative."
By the way, that iconic shot of Queen Bey? Our Houston queen is sporting Klinko's jeans in the photo. Queen Bey's mom, the estimable Tina Knowles, opted for a red-carpet-type gown. Klinko advised jeans instead, but when he realized there were none on set for the star, he doffed his Dolce & Gabbama denim and handed them to Beyoncé. The result: an image for the ages.