Markus Klinko is an American photographer and director specializing in fashion and people photography.
He has worked with the most famous movie, music and fashion stars such as Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, David Bowie, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Kanye West, Anne Hathaway, Kate Winslet, Will Smith, Eva Mendes, Kim Kardashian, Naomi Campbell and Iman, to name a few…
His clients include GQ, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar and Interview Magazine. Brands like Lancôme, L’Oréal Paris, Nike, Hugo Boss, Anna Sui, Pepsi, Skyy Vodka and Remy Martin have used Klinko for their advertising campaigns. His Keep A Child Alive campaign has raised over $1 million for children with AIDS in just 3 days.
Born in Switzerland in 1960, of French, Italian and Hungarian origin, Markus Klinko studied music to become a harp player. He studied at the National Conservatory of Music in Paris. Klinko signed an exclusive contract with EMI Classics and a contract with Columbia Artists Management. He received the Grand Prix du Disque with the members of the Paris Bastille Opera orchestra.
After a hand injury, Klinko decided to go into fashion photography and gave up concerts and a music career. He met the digital artist Indrani, who became his collaborator. Isabella Blow of London Sunday Times discovered his work and commissioned reports from him. During the same period, he began his collaboration with Interview Magazine and produced the cover of Iman’s book I Am Iman and David Bowie’s Heathen record.
Markus Klinko created some of the most iconic record covers of his time, including Beyoncé’s Dangerously in Love and Mariah Carey’s The Emancipation of Mimi.
He published the book Icons (Perseus) containing his most famous photographs. Lincoln Center in New York hosted an exhibit featuring many of the photographs that appeared in the book. His work has since been exhibited in numerous museums and art galleries in Europe (Opera Gallery, Monaco) and in the United States (National Portrait Gallery in Washington).