In 2001, award-winning international fashion / celebrity photographer Markus Klinko spent 8 hours in his New York studio with David Bowie shooting images for David's "Heathen" album cover. On the strength of this body of work, Markus was asked in 2002 to create the cover image for GQ‘s “Man of the Year” issue honouring David. The resulting image shows the rock star fearlessly posing with a pack of wild wolves. The images from the sessions have been released as the "Bowie Unseen" series.
Markus met David Bowie just days before 9/11, at his New York studio, where David attended an editing session to help select images for his wife Iman. The legendary super model had hired Markus to create the cover for her book "I AM IMAN". A few minutes into the session, David turned to Markus, and offered him to shoot the cover art of his upcoming album, "Heathen".
The tragic events of 9/11 delayed the scheduling of the shoot for "Heathen", but David stayed true to his word, and the shoot took place on October 10th, 2001.
While the album photographs quickly attracted the attention of such artists as Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga, these works also helped launch Markus' illustrious fine art career.
"When photographing an artist, I always desire to create a work that truly defines them and can serve as a milestone in pop culture history. Those are ambitious and lofty goals, but it is what I am thinking about when I pick up my camera." ~ Markus Klinko
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Markus Klinko: Bowie Unseen