David Bowie passed away on January 10th, 2016. My exhibition DAVID BOWIE UNSEEN paid tribute to his legacy. The Look, New York, 2001, seen here at LICHT FELD Gallery in Basel, Switzerland.

The Final Step: Turning My Photos Into Prints for Galleries Around the World


JAN 05, 2023


Une trentaine d'œuvres, à la fois physiques et digitales, du photographe américain sont exposées dans la boutique Versace de Bruxelles.

Creating a successful photograph is a process that has numerous stages. Printing the work masterfully, usually the last portion of the endeavor, is paramount.

As I enter my 29th year as a documentarian of pop culture (often referred to as fashion/celebrity photographer), I have seen my work move from the covers of magazines onto the walls of art galleries, museums, and private art collections.

Now getting ready for new shows in Houston, Texas, and Ventura, California, it is time to talk about the all-important aspect of printing.

After all, the print is what everyone sees, and what the photograph will be judged by. So why not pay a little tribute to the people that make this all happen?

There are many ways to make a gorgeous print, and choosing the ideal paper is critical. For my work, I prefer a glossy luster, so Fujicolor Crystal Archive Digital Pearl is my paper of choice.

It has a distinct metallic reflection effect that suits my work to perfection. I also love Fujiflex Crystal Archive Printing Material, for its razor-sharp rendering, vibrant colors, and impeccable whites.

I do not print my own work — after many trials and errors, I have had the fortune of collaborating exclusively with the great master printer, John Weldon of LA’s famous Weldon Color Lab. After working with John for many years on dozens of solo exhibitions, group shows, and art fairs, I recently sat down with John for a bit of a recap of his career, and to hear how he applies his talent and great experience to my work.

I asked John about his journey to becoming one of the world’s premier printmakers and how it all started.

“My freshman year in high school I found an old telescope in the closet and my dad, an engineer on the first Apollo missions, told me I’d be able to see the craters on the moon,” John says. “It was so amazing that I put my camera up to the eyepiece and when I got the film back from the drugstore it came back with a note on it: no charge – no images. So I shot it again and put a note on it that the photos were of stars and planets, and the white dots on the film were the actual photos. The roll came back with another note: no charge – no images.

“My dad saw this and for Christmas gave me an old darkroom set-up so that I could process the photos myself. Next thing you know I started processing color prints in the darkroom I’d built in my bathroom! When I showed some neighbors my photos pretty soon they started bringing me their negatives to print.

“While still in high school by chance I discovered a black and white rental darkroom in the neighborhood, and soon they offered to pay me to do color printing for them. Ten years later, in 1989, my fascination with photography inspired me to open my own photo lab at our current location where I began specializing in Cibachrome printing. As the technology has continued to evolve, so too has the lab continued to grow. We are currently one of the only labs in the world with top expertise in Lightjet printing.”

John says the challenge of helping photographers achieve their vision is the “secret ingredient” behind what allowed his lab to develop its reputation as one of the premier printing companies in North America.

The lab has grown to offer a very wide range of services for photographers.

“We do it all at Weldon – from film development to scanning to printing and mounting!” John says. “Our state-of-the-art Lightjet printing offers an amazing level of vibrancy. And our archival inkjet prints allow for a complete range of unique papers and surfaces to choose from to complement any type of photograph. We develop film in our custom black-and-white film-processing lab with great care by hand, utilizing traditional archival development.

“Our scanning department offers a range of services, including high-resolution drum scanning, and flatbed scanning, and our digital photography can accommodate reproduction of large-scale paintings.”

I asked John whether most of his clients have specific requests regarding the printing process and the paper used, or whether he helps to direct artists to their eventual choices.

“While we do assist clients new to photography every week select the best options for their images, the majority of our clients are professional photographers, museums, and galleries,” John says. “Professionals usually know what kind of style they want, but are always happy to hear about the latest innovations.”

David Bowie, Meditation B&W, New York, 2001, the first print made from the Bowie Platinum Edition, will be on display at H Gallery in Ventura, CA, from January 7th to March 5th.
David Bowie, Meditation B&W, New York, 2001, the first print made from the Bowie Platinum Edition, will be on display at H Gallery in Ventura, CA, from January 7th to March 5th.

Weldon Color Lab recently introduced the historic art of platinum palladium printing, which inspired me to release my David Bowie Platinum Edition — a platinum print I have included in my STARMAN show.

“Platinum-palladium prints are unrivaled by any modern printing technique, both in appearance and performance,” John says. “One reason the prints, created on Hahnemuhle paper, are favored by art collectors is due to their longevity, achieving an archival rating in excess of 1,500 years. And in terms of appearance, the prints create an added sense of depth, and the tonal range of the prints is unmatched.

“Dating back to the 1870s, this handmade photographic-printmaking technique was created through contact printing, meaning the photographic negative matches the size of the final print. As a result, photographers of the times were more limited to what size they could make their prints. Now we can make ‘digital negatives’ up to 40″ wide! Currently, we are printing up to 24×30″ and are excited that later this year will be able to print 30×40″ platinum-palladium prints.”

John says his lab is currently looking to expand its platinum services to serve galleries and museums around the world.

About the author: Markus Klinko is an international fashion/celebrity photographer who has worked with many of today’s most iconic stars of film, music, and fashion. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. You can find more of Klinko’s work on his website and Instagram.

The Protector

Markus Klinko’s Amazing Never-Before-Seen Photos of David Bowie


They're outtakes from a 2001 shoot that involved a pack of wolves.

In 2001, Markus Klinko was invited to photograph David Bowie. Now, in the wake of the beloved singer and artist’s unexpected passing, the unpublished images are finally coming to light, and are currently on view in”Bowie Unseen” at LA’s Mr MusicHead Gallery.

The photographer shot the album cover for Bowie’s 2002 record, Heathen, an eerie black and white image of the singer as a blind man. The current exhibition includes that photo, as well as over 20 never-before-seen outtakes from that day.

“It was a 9 to 5 shoot,” Klinko recalled in an interview with ABC. “We got so much done and, you know, I will never forget this session.”

Once we did the cover for Heathen—which took several hours and which he had very precisely mapped out in his head what he wanted—he then turned very playful and allowed me to have fun,” he added.

On the strength of that work, Klinko was asked to create the cover image for GQ‘s “Man of the Year” issue honoring Bowie. The resulting image shows the rock star fearlessly posing with a pack of wild wolves. Due to Bowie’s busy schedule and lack of availability for another shoot, Klinko was forced to use a body double with the wolves, carefully adding in the singer’s face from the photos taken for Heathen during post-production.

One of Markus Klinko’s photos of David Bowie. Courtesy Markus Klinko.

“Our male model proved himself quite brave, as he worked it with the energetic and sometimes aggressive wolves,” Klinko recalled in GQ earlier this year. “While his face looked nothing like Bowie, he was able to channel him through his body language.”

A portion of the proceeds from all works sold during Klinko’s exhibition will go to Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research, in honor of the singer, who died from liver cancer.

See more of Klinko’s photos of Bowie below.

Markus Klinko’s “Bowie Unseen” is on view at Mr MusicHead Gallery, 7420 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, May 19–June 15, 2016.

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Versace et Cube Art Fair exposent les œuvres du célèbre photographe Markus Klinko

by Katie Lister


Une trentaine d'œuvres, à la fois physiques et digitales, du photographe américain sont exposées dans la boutique Versace de Bruxelles.

Considéré comme l’un des photographes les plus prolifiques des années 2000, Klinko a capturé des personnalités légendaires de la musique et du divertissement, notamment Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Jay Z, Janet Jackson et David Bowie.

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L’exposition organisée par la Cube Art Fair et orchestrée sur le plan curatorial par Vogelsang Gallery, qui représente Klinko, coïncide avec le Uptown Tour, un parcours qui promeut l’art et le design dans des lieux d’exception de la capitale européenne.

Natural Villains
Titre: David Bowie, Natural Villains, BW (2002)

Les œuvres photographiques tendance de Klinko sont en parfaite adéquation avec Versace, dont l’ADN extravagant et créatif et sa définition du luxe se marient avec les tirages d’art contemporain colorés et audacieux de Markus Klinko. Les personnages emblématiques dont il capture les esprits ne sont pas seulement connus pour leur savoir-faire artistique, mais aussi pour la façon dont ils repoussent les limites de leur sens du style et de leur identité de mode.

Britney, The Forest (2004)
Titre: Britney, The Forest (2004)

Cube Art Fair occupe habituellement l’espace public de manière spectaculaire en présentant des œuvres d’art contemporain dans les rues de villes comme New York, Miami ou Bruxelles. Ses expositions, diffusées sur de gigantesque panneaux digitaux de 2000 mètres carrés sur Times Square, ou projetées sur des gratte-ciel de 120 mètres de haut à Miami, ont valu à la foire lors de ses neuf précédentes éditions l’acclamation de la presse internationale qualifiant “The World’s Largest Public Art Fair” (la plus grande foire d’art publique du monde). Aujourd’hui c’est en occupant les murs de la boutique Versace, que la Cube Art Fair a décidé de faire vivre les œuvres de ses artistes.

Titre: Beyoncé, Dangerously in Love (2003)
Titre: Beyoncé, Dangerously in Love (2003)

Versace est à la pointe de la créativité dans le domaine de la mode, et je suis ravi que notre collaboration avec Cube Art Fair apporte le meilleur de la créativité dans l’art contemporain au sein de leur boutique. La curation de l’exposition Markus Klinko a été un processus passionnant, ses œuvres capturent véritablement l’esprit Versace », déclare Gregoire Vogelsang, fondateur de Cube Art Fair et propriétaire de la galerie éponyme Vogelsang Gallery.

39th Annual Smith Nature Symposium Awards Dinner

Pharrell Williams (2002)
Titre: Pharrell Williams (2002)

Markus Klinko est un exemple de la façon dont les photographes – et les créatifs qui travaillent dans le monde commercial – peuvent réussir aussi bien, sinon plus, dans le domaine des beaux-arts : Ses œuvres se vendent à des prix record et il est représenté par plusieurs musées et galeries internationales. Plus tôt cette année, le Fotografiska Museum de New York a présenté son travail.

Lady Gaga, Hello Kitty (2009)
Titre: Lady Gaga, Hello Kitty (2009)

« Je suis honoré que Cube Art Fair ait choisi d’organiser cette exposition en collaboration avec Versace. Je suis tombé amoureux de Versace dans les années 1980. J’adore la marque, et avoir mon travail dans leur magasin phare de cette capitale européenne est un rêve devenu réalité !“, a ajouté Markus Klinko.

Jennifer Lopez (2006)
Titre: Jennifer Lopez (2006)

Son travail sera présenté dans la prochaine série HBO, The Idol, du créateur Euphoria James Levinson, et mettant en vedette The Weeknd (qui, nous dit Artnet, est également un collectionneur du travail de Klinko).

Les œuvres sont en vente via Vogelsang Gallery: | +1.646.322.7935 ou +32 485 148 845

Versace Bruxelles:
Adresse : Bd de Waterloo 7, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgique
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Diane Kruger (1998)
Titre: Diane Kruger (1998)
Mariah Carey, The Emancipation of Mimi (2005)
Titre: Mariah Carey, The Emancipation of Mimi (2005)
Jay Z, The Clock (2004)
Titre: Jay Z, The Clock (2004)