The following is an alternate version of the Steven Klein directed video of Madonna's Get Stupid interlude used during the Sticky & Sweet Tour. I love the close ups of Madge. She is showing her age and I love that. Watch.
Madonna stepped out this weekend in NYC with long time friend and collaborator Steven Klein for a night on the town. The shots below are of a fresh and happy Madonna leaving the always popular celebrity hang out The Waverly Inn. She looks YUMMY. Ms. Ciccone is looking fine these days. Divorce does her well. x.
I mentioned the other day that Madonna season was upon us. I couldn't have been more right. Besides her new single 4 Minutes to Save the Worldbeing leaked to the internet, Madonna is also featured on the cover of Interview Magazine. She was shot by her friend and frequent creative partner Steven Klein. She just appeared on the cover of UK mag Dazed and Confused last week. Yummy. The new shot is off the hook. I love it. In the new magazine, Madonna talks openly to Ingrid Sischy about Malawi, her newly adopted son David, Mr. Justin Timberlake and so much more.
On writing music with Justin: I really enjoy writing with Justin….We had psychoanalytic sessions whenever we wrote songs first. We'd sit down and we'd start talking about situations. And then we'd start talking about issues or problems or relationships with people. That was the only way, because you know, writing together with somebody is very intimate….that was fun, because he's open and he's got talent. He's a songwriter. I haven't worked with a lot of songwriters where I'm instantly connected and start riffing and playing with the rhythm of the words. He's as interested in the rhythm of the words as the meaning of the words.
On adopting her son David: He wouldn't have lived if I hadn't taken him. It's not even a possibility.
On gaining perspective: We live very comfortable lives, and unfortunately, we have to have our noses rubbed in other people's pain and suffering to realize how much we have and how much we have to be grateful for.
On taking her daughter Lourdes to Malawi: She spent several weeks working in the orphanages, particularly one with newborn children, and most of them were HIV-positive. She so came into her own and was so responsible and stayed for eight hours every day and worked tirelessly. I thought, why am I babying her so much? She's capable of so much more. We don't let kids do anything. We think, Oh, they're kids - they can't take care of other kids; they can't do this; they can't do that. And after you go to Africa, you drop all that silliness.
On freedom: Freedom is a funny word because when we think we're free, we're not really. I think freedom is quite illusory….When I stop thinking about myself all the time and put other people before me on a regular basis, that's real freedom. When I can love unconditionally….then that's real freedom. So it's something to strive for, but I'm not free.
Dang. David and Victoria Beckham grace the cover and pages of the newW Magazine featured on Style.comthis August. The alluring photos, shot by famed photographer Steven Klein, are super hot. I've never really thought much about Victoria. I knew she was painfully skinny and was once part of the pop group The Spice Girls but not much else. I didn't think she was all that sexy either - until now. Maybe it's just her hottie hubby beside her but she is looking fierce. The Beckhams will be residents of the uber trendy 90210 zip code in a matter of weeks. David has been signed to play soccer for L.A.'s major league Soccer team, the Galaxy, and Victoria is set to unviel a few fashion lines later this year. The move from the UK to the USA will all be documented for your viewing pleasure in the new reality show called Victoria Beckham: Coming to Americawhich premeires on July 16th on NBC. Check out the article HERE and get to know L.A.'s newest residents. xox.
Steven Klein's client roster reads like a who's who of entertainment. Madonna, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, David Beckham just to name a few. Far from safe and far from ordinary are his shots. Five portraits new shots are to be shown at the National Portrait Gallery in London for an exhibit called 'Face of Fashion'. (See advertisement image below) The Times Online in the UK has this really awesome article about Steven's work and his creative process in creating his photographs.
One of Steven's greatest inspirations was Diane Arbus. I am a recent fan of Arbus' work although her work has been around for many years. My boyfriend's mother (HI CACKS!) introduced me to her work and we have gone to a few galleries in the city and seen many of her truly spectacular portraits. Diane Arbus is best known for her stunning black and white portraits. Her work often focused on outsiders, such as transvestites, those with a handicap, prostitutes or just ordinary people in their own natural settings. It's her ability to capture such realness without an ounce of it feeling contrived that makes her a genius. Klein says of Arbus' work - "I loved her simplicity, her empathy for the subject. She gave everyone dignity and photographed them in their place while lifting them out of that place, too."
Klein studied art in various forms through his youth and education but said he "...didn’t want to be on my own so I was forced into being a photographer." His painting background weighs heavy in his current work. "I wasn’t influenced by seeing too much. For my work to-day, I accept my photographs look like paintings, but I don’t reference or duplicate other paintings when I make them. The painting is in me.”
In the shot above, Kevin Federline, Britney’s ex-husband, is shot with his throat slashed. Klein explains that "a portrait is a representation of a person and a slash across a throat is the equivalent of a brushstroke. It’s like a classical painting. The slash, the make-up, is a mask that reveals who the person is. For me, the break in the skin shows that all portraits are lies. To see through the skin is to see someone’s reality.” The article states that the violence of the picture is made more intriguing when you consider what happened to Federline next: dumped by Spears and fast-tracked to public enemy number one.
Some of his work that you may have seen include Madonna's S&M fueled photography for the promotion of her Confessions Tour (below), Justin Timberlake's bloodied yet erotic pictures shot a few years back with the images burned by flames (below), the Jolie/Pitt spread showing the duo as a slightly off kilter American family of the 1950s (below) or Tom Ford's robotic/hyper sexual spread (below). One of my favorite spreads is one he did with David Beckham (below). Klein said of the shot "Like Brad he’s completely at ease with his masculinity, his femininity, his sexuality. With being looked at. Men work on their bodies. They want to be looked at. At one point he said, ‘Maybe I should put on some black nail polish’.”
I'm constantly in awe of his work. Even though his famous subjects add a dimension of shock and intrigue, it's the entire photograph - the lighting - the setting - the story that says so much more. Check out Steven's official site here. I'd say look out for his work but his work is already in front of your face. His work is everywhere and rightfully so. It's brilliant.