Where does David Bowie's photographer Markus Klinko live?


Where does David Bowie's photographer Markus Klinko live?


After Miami and Basel, the Parisian ArtCube gallery, the fashion photographer Markus Klinko exposes "David Bowie Unseen". This unseen series of portraits of the singer is exposed until the end of summer 2016. Decorative interview between his New York studio and his villa in Los Angeles.

Before becoming a fashion photographer, Markus Klinko studied in Paris to start a concert career. But at 22, he has an accident in his hand. Change of course: direction New York, where he will be a fashion photographer. Bet won for this self-taught! From Vogue to GQ, Vanity Fair and Harper's Bazaar, he has been able to collaborate with leading magazines and his work is exhibited in galleries around the world.

Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, David Bowie, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Kanye West, Anne Hathaway, Kate Winslet, Will Smith, Eva Mendes, Kim Kardashian, and Naomi Campbell ... the celebrities of cinema, music and fashion come to his home, in his Soho studio. As for his friendship with David Bowie, it dates from 2001. They met during a work with the model Iman - the wife of the singer -. It's around the album "Heathen" that David and Markus started their collaboration. Who does not have in mind the famous cover with the black and white shots of a Bowie at Humphrey Bogart?

In tribute to the star who died in January 2016, Markus Klinko unveils some twenty David Bowie photos taken at the dawn of the 2000s, as part of a traveling exhibition worldwide. In Paris, the ArtCube gallery exhibits them since May 26, 2016 and until the end of July.

During his stay in the capital, Markus Klinko was kind enough to talk about his daily life between his studio in New York and his villa in Los Angeles. And if he were to have a foot in Paris? Without hesitation, it would be near the Seine! Interview in original version subtitled!

You travel constantly but where is your home sweet home?

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Markus Klinko: It's been ten years since I live in New York in a very original loft of Soho. But I'd rather be in Los Angeles, where I'm lucky to have a pool villa!

What makes your loft in New York unique?

Markus Klinko: Over the years, there have been so many celebrities I have worked with who came to my place to pose, that the place is full of memories and magical moments. Luckily, everything is immortalized in my photos. One of the most memorable moments was a session with Anne Hathaway. I love this picture where we see it down from the 3rd floor of the loft. Or that of Jay Z next to the window with his assistant of the day!

In my studio, I hung a photo of Anna Hathaway over the stairs ...

Markus Klinko

Has there been any work? A decorator? This is your area or not specifically?

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Markus Klinko: Yes absolutely. I deleted an entire floor to create a huge room with a ceiling of almost 7 meters high: like a cathedral! I like that my loft or my villas are very open and almost empty.

What is the style of home decor?

Markus Klinko: Industrial and very open, but still eclectic with a mix of retro and contemporary.

Are some of your photos found or not at all at home? Those of David Bowie in particular?

Markus Klinko: Yes of course. The following seven photos are in my New York loft and LA pool. As for the photos from the David Bowie Unseen exhibition, they have all been taken in my loft in New York.

... another from Jay Z at the window

Markus Klinko

Photos of mannequins

Markus Klinko

... and naked on the stairs downstairs.

Markus Klinko

David Bowie next to another window ...

Markus Klinko

David Bowie

Markus Klinko

Your favorite room where you like to be and spend time?

Markus Klinko: Near the pool while sipping my morning espresso!

In Los Angeles, at the pool, I hung a nude, it's Amy Willerton, the Miss Universe of the United Kingdom. All the pictures are from me except for this one which was taken by our duo Markus & Koala.

Markus & Koala

The most unusual or unexpected that can be discovered at home?

Markus Klinko: The combination of elements, which normally do not go together: an old desk of the American period, steel and design chairs both ergonomic and high tech.

An object or piece of furniture that you could not separate?

Markus Klinko: I am no longer materialistic and no longer feel the need to own objects. They come and go, so sometimes it's better to remember it than to own it.

The kitchen, rather open or closed?

Markus Klinko: Very open.

A dish unexpectedly on the go for your friends? Your specialty?

Markus Klinko: I eat very healthily with simple and natural products. For fruits and vegetables, I buy them directly on farmers' markets or in organic food stores. If friends arrive unexpectedly, we order sushi: in fact I do not cook much!

Do you live with music or rather in silence?

Markus Klinko: Both according to my mood!

Rather candle or rather perfume of atmosphere?

Markus Klinko: Candles!

Curtains, doors, shutters? What does it inspire you?

Markus Klinko: I like when the light also goes through the ceiling, like with skylights.

What is on your bedside table?

Markus Klinko: My iPhone.

And the books? Do they have an important place? Your favorite book of the moment?

Markus Klinko: "Letters to a young poet", by Rainer Maria Rilke.

Would you dream of one more room? If so, for what purpose?

Markus Klinko: Have a studio in Los Angeles. I would like to find a magical place and build an incredible new studio.

Rather orderly or messy?

Markus Klinko: Both: it varies according to the days.

Are you green plants, flowers, balcony, terrace, garden?

Markus Klinko: Terraces! I love them.

And in Paris, what is your favorite neighborhood if you were to live there?

Markus Klinko: I would love to live next to the Seine.

Your American addresses or brands favorites for the house (shopping, decor, florist, grocery store, wine merchant, bookseller, etc.)?

Markus Klinko:

In Paris: the sign "L'Eclaireur" and the Hotel Costes;

In New York: The Bowery Hotel and the restaurant "Blue Ribbon" in Soho;

In Los Angeles: The Chateau Marmont Hotel; the Erewhon market for healthy food (; the restaurant "Sushi Roko".

Where to find Markus Klinko's photographs?

- The exhibition "David Bowie Unseen", Artcube Gallery, 9, Place Furstenberg - 75006 Paris, until the end of summer 2016.

- His most famous photographs have been collected in the beautiful book "ICONS" published by Perseus.