STEVEN KLEIN (born 1965)
Steven Klein trained formally as a painter at the Rhode Island School of Design, and began his photography career in Paris with a commission from Christian Dior. His work has been featured prominently in American VOGUE, Vanity Fair, VOGUE Paris, VOGUE Italia, L’Uomo Vogue, W, and Arena Hommes+, and he has photographed the advertising campaigns for designers such as Calvin Klein, Alexander McQueen, Tom Ford, and Dolce & Gabbana. Klein’s celebrity portraits continue to provide a new, often-edgy dimension to the existing public personas of subjects like Brad Pitt, Prince, David Beckham, Justin Timberlake, Natalie Portman, Hilary Swank, The Rolling Stones, and most famously, Madonna.
Steven Klein photographs have been celebrated in museum and gallery exhibitions around the world. His “X-STaTIC PRO=CeSS”, a video installation/collaboration with Madonna, was first shown in 2003 at Deitch Projects in New York City and has since traveled around the world, and his exhibition “Case Study #13”, a 2005 collaboration with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, was presented at Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills. In 2007, Klein was one of six photographers (including Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, Corinne Day, Paolo Roversi, and Mario Sorrenti) to be included in the exhibition “Faces of Fashion” at the National Portrait Gallery in London and his work was later acquired for the museum’s permanent collection.
Klein’s first self-titled monograph was published by Phaidon in 2022.