Steven Klein creates photo shoots that are universes unto themselves. The stars of the photos look kind of familiar, but they are in some glossy, rich, dreamscape of a story. There are different rules of appearance, gravity, style, and substance. Someone as recognizable as Madonna becomes unknowable in a way. Someone as used to the lens as Naomi Campbell becomes a fresh character with depth. Klein's drama is a dark star. His work is fashion photography at it's brilliant best.
Klein has a new shoot on stands for the March issue of W starring Madonna in Rio.
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