With its bold declarations of sexuality and its fearless investigation into the underbelly of celebrity and popular culture, the photography of Steven Klein has set a defining look for our times. Trained as a painter, Klein is a very different breed of photographer to any of his colleagues in the field: as "New York" magazine raved, "Klein is, arguably, the most influential (and busy) fashion photographer in the world... even while his career seems to be all about flouting the rules of fashion photography." Brad Pitt and Madonna have served as Klein's muses on several occasions, always allowing him to redefine and challenge their image in ways that most celebrities dare not. This extraordinary volume concentrates on his sexual and psychologically complex vision, including previously unseen photographs and drawings addressing themes of decadence, decay, desire and transformation. Instead of a traditional photography book, Steven Klein has created a luxury item--a leatherbound fetish containing uncensored work. Bound in leather, hand-tooled by Italian craftsmen and limited to an edition of 750 copies, it is the most concise and extravagant statement of the Klein aesthetic yet published.
Steven Klein's work has been exhibited at museums and galleries worldwide, with shows at Deitch Projects and Gagosian Gallery. He has been published in several Conde Nast publications, and directed the video for Lady Gaga's "Alejandro." He currently lives and works in New York City.show more