Markus Klinko

Markus Klinko explains his side of the story from the Eve photo shoot.

Jun 17, 20100

I am really excited about our new show on Bravo! Indrani and I have worked together as a photography duo for over 15 years and this show is our latest addition to our already crazy lives.

People are asking a lot of questions about the so-called "fights" between Indrani and me on the show. To me "fight" is the wrong terminology. The heated discussions we often have are simply our way of negotiating our different artistic ideas and creative concepts. We do often start out a project with very opposite ideas and there lies the strength of our collaboration. We operate from a dual perspective. We are both extremely passionate about what we are doing and when the dialogue heats up it's not a fight but a process to unify the direction of the project until we both are happy with it. So that's what works for us. Why should we change it? And that thing about the hotel room? Well, that was a bit on the silly side, but after all we are an ex-couple and stuff like that can happen, so get over it! Plus, that too got worked out in the end.

Personally I choose to live my life focusing on creative and artistic matters. I don't have a great passion for running a business, dealing with logistics or organizing paperwork, etc. I very purposely choose to eliminate all those activities and responsibilities and to clear my mind to be able to have the best platform from where to be creative from. Some may think that this is a childish and spoiled approach, and from the perspective of an accountant those who say that may be  correct. But I am not an accountant nor do I desire to become one. I started out as a classical musician and became a photographer, never with the motivation of money or other material gains. To put it simply, I was moved and inspired first by music, and then later in life by photography and wanted to do the best work possible in those fields for the pure pleasure and satisfaction that I get from it. Money is needed to operate but interests me very little as an end goal. I feel very privileged and grateful that I have been successful in two very different careers, it's something I recognize as a great gift.

On the shoot with Eve, a friend of hers started shooting our shot that we had taken pains to creatively plan: setting the location up, styling her look, deciding the hair and makeup, figuring out the lighting, etc. It was not something that neither we nor any other professional fashion photographer would ever allow. It was necessary to request that he stopped. If a singer recorded her next album, and I just stopped by the studio with a tape recorder and started recording the main session in progress for my own usage, do you not think that all hell would break loose and I would be thrown out in a heartbeat? Think about that for a second if you thought that my handling of the situation with Eve's friend was overly-fussy or selfish. Those who do not understand the concept of copyright may need to consider why it was created in the first place. It exists so that creative work is protected. That is pretty important in our business.

Next week's episode has a couple amazing shoots covered, one of them featuring the ultra-glamorous Dita von Teese. Tune in and have fun!

17 comments
Ryuuzaki Julio
Ryuuzaki Julio

I agree with MK 150%. Maybe he was not the most eloquent speaker to explain what was going on. Perhaps a manager or someone with more business approach should address the issue before even MK had to distract himself from the shoot to take care of that "person" trying to get his shoot. Friend or not friend, they should be just sitting down somewhere or in a waiting room and not bother the photo shot. If even the artist wanted to have some behind the scenes photos for her facebook or twitter fans, then she or her manager should have asked IF that was even possible. MK and Indrani are not little amateur photographers. And people wont just dare to step into a big/important and serious production like that with a professional camera and much less with a best buy toy camera. If she wanted some behind the scenes pics for herself, that perhaps could be arranged with some limitations. Perhaps just on the dressing room or something else that will not show the actual shoot. But to have someone shooting OVER your shoulder that is SO F'd UP. Great show, and greater images.

Trevor R.
Trevor R.

I CAN'T BELIEVE HE STILL HAS THIS SHOW....

Pompo Bresciani
Pompo Bresciani

My comment never got published last week..weird...I love the show I woosh you show more (at least a bit!) of the technical aspect of shooting too...

What is the dang camera you using ? Love the work!!! Cheers!

STANLEY WEISBART
STANLEY WEISBART

DOUBLE EXPOSURE - I HOPE IT LIVES A LONG TIME, EACH EPISODE OR EACH SEASON SHOULD BE PUT ON A DVD, AND MADE AVAILABLE TO THE BUYING PUBLIC- AND ADVERTISED IN PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PUBLICATIONS.

GREAT SHOWS- ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU SEE MARKUS'S REACTION TO A SO CALLED "FRIEND OF THE SUBJECT" WHO KNEW AND ALLOWED SUCH GARBAGE TO CONTINUE.

I HAVE PERSONALLY PHOTOGRAPHED 1,626 WEDDINGS, SPREAD OUT OVER 52 YEARS, AND MY CONTRACT SPECIFICALLY READS- THAT NO OTHER PHOTOGRAPHERS- OR FRIENDS OR RELATIVES ARE ALLOWED TO PHOTOGRAPH ANYTHING THAT I PERSONALLY HAVE SET UP FOR MY CLIENTS-"THE BRIDE & GROOM" WHO ARE SPENDING THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS" TO BUY MY TALENTS AND MY CREATIVITY.

THE SINGER? / SUBJECT, EXERCISED POOR TASTE, MARKUS WAS 1,000% RIGHT IN MAKING A STAND! IT'S QUITE A SORE POINT WITH MANY OF THE A-LIST PROFESSIONAL WEDDING AND PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHERS - HE WAS PERFECTLY CORRECT IN HOW HE SAID IT AND HOW HE REACTED.

ONCE HE DREW A LINE IN THE SAND- HIS FASHION ADVISER SHOULD HAVE HAD HIS BACK AND JUMPED IN IMMEDIATELY TO DEFEND HIM- IT WAS WRONG FOR HIS STYLIST TO DEFEND THE SUBJECT- HE'S EMPLOYED BY THE PHOTOGRAPHER!

WHEN YOU ARE ON ON A CELEBRITY SHOOT, AND YOU HAVE BEEN CONTRACTED BY EITHER THE SUBJECT-THE MAGAZINE OR AGENCY FOR YOUR "ARTISTRY"- IT SHOULD BE WELL UNDERSTOOD, AND DISCUSSED WAY BEFORE THE PHOTOGRAPHERS ACCEPTS THE CONTRACT - "THAT IT IS HIS LIVING"- AND NOT SOME HOBBYIST AND INSIST AS PLEASANTLY AS POSSIBLE- THAT IT IS FORBIDDEN PERIOD- END OF STORY!

OVER MY 52 YEAR CAREER- I HAVE SEEN WEDDING ORDERS- GO ABSOLUTELY DOWN THE TUBE-, AS THE BRIDES FRIENDS SUPPLIED HER WITH "SNAPSHOTS WITH POOR LIGHTING, TERRIBLE ANGLES UNCOMPLIMENTARY FACIAL EXPRESSIONS, POSES THAT WERE INDEED MOST UN-PROFESSIONAL, AND IN THE BRIDES IGNORANCE, ALLOWED " A CIRCUS" TO TAKE PLACE - AND ALTHOUGH THE GIFTS FROM HER FRIENDS AS BAD AS THEY WERE - THIS PARTICULAR BRIDE - CUT BACK BUYING ADDITIONAL IMAGES AND THE PHOTOGRAPHERS WORK WAS A THING OF BEAUTY - ADMITTEDLY SOME BRIDES WILL DO THIS, ESPECIALLY IN TODAY'S AGE OF DIGITAL-OF COURSE THE MAJORITY OF QUALITY AND APPRECIATIVE BRIDES AND GROOMS- HAVE LONG REALIZED IT'S A NO! NO! TO DO WHAT THIS SO CALLED "ROCK STAR" BRUSHED IT OFF AS O.K. AND THEN GOT "ATTITUDE" WHEN CONFRONTED BY MARKUS KLINKO!

BRAVO-BRAVO MARKUS KLINKO!

EDUCATING A BIG NAME STAR- OR PERSONALITY ABOUT COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT, SHOULD BE PART OF THE PRE-DISCUSSIONS- AND NOT DONE AT THE ACTUAL SHOOT- IT HAS A DEFINITE NEGATIVE REACTION TO THE QUALITY OF THE SUBJECT AND ESPECIALLY TO THE PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER.

IT'S OK FOR A TV CREW TO DOCUMENT - THE ACTUAL SHOOT- STRICTLY AS AN OBSERVER- TO SHOW THE "HOW TO" TO THE MASSES WHO WILL BE WATCHING.BUT IT'S A NO!- NO TO EVER ALLOW ANYONE TO DUPLICATE FROM ANY ANGLE YOUR TALENT AND ORIGINALITY = IT'S ALL THAT YOU'VE GOT TO SELL!

YOU ARE WELCOME TO USE MY NAME- HAVE NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED OF.

STANLEY WEISBART / THE OWNER & CREATOR OF FABULOUS FACES CHILDREN'S PORTRAITS.

KimberlyNedo
KimberlyNedo

LuvstheCity,

You make me laugh in a good way. Indrani is Markus' muse, every artist needs one and in the last episode he was asking about getting back together and having babies! I think she definitely fits into it aside from retouching and editing their photos

Michael S.
Michael S.

I completely agree with your view on the Eve shoot. Great way of giving non photographers some insight into how and why photographers have to protect themselves. Our images are all we have. I also love the interplay between you and Indrani. Two people who are very passionate about their art. Your images are very inspiring to view and learn from. Keep up the great work!

 TV Viewer
TV Viewer

Dude, as a professional photographer myself I'd like to share three little words I learned a long time ago.

Clear The Set

Amazing what those three words can do for you.

luvsthecity
luvsthecity

I think that Indrani is unnecessary to your process. From what I can see, she adds nothing of value to what you do as an artist and photographer. She gets paid a lot for doing nothing. Do you need another assistant - I can do that too!

luvsthecity
luvsthecity

I think Indrani is unnecessary to your process. She is getting paid to do nothing to assist in the actual process of photographing your subjects. I wish I had HER job!

Ernie E
Ernie E

I have to agree with your reaction to that other photographer budding into that photoshoot. When I was shooting my first wedding this other guy was starting to get in front of me jeopardizing my job of capturing this newlyweds events and I had to get him out of my way.

Bladguy
Bladguy

I agree 110% with your reaction to the other [?] photographer. They didn't even ASK!

KimberlyNedo
KimberlyNedo

Two artistic personalities in life, love or creating art are always going to clash. I love to see your process and to see that neither of you back down! It isn't hard on the eyes either watching two super glam people shooting super glam models! I can't wait for the rest of the season. You both are awesome

CreoleBayouWoman
CreoleBayouWoman

I agree with your assessment of the Eve shoot. How trifling of her friend....

ViewerCA
ViewerCA

I can't believe Indrani deals with you. You come off like a diva and your voice is so shrill and annoying. She is the epitome of class for putting up with your tantrums. I hope that as the show goes on, we see more of your personality and less of your drama. Then again, you are an artist, so who knows...

Joyi
Joyi

You guys are great! Enjoyed the two of you bickering away. Most entertaining.

Alex reid
Alex reid

Team Markus!!!!! I'd let him walk into my recording session with a tape recorder!!! :)