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STEVEN KLEIN: UNCENSORED

Photographed by Steven Klein for Vogue Paris Feb 2009Photographed by Steven Klein for Vogue Paris Feb 2009

Just before the All-Lara Stone Feb issue of Vogue Paris went on the stands, the internet was hit with a burst of imagery allegedly from the Steven Klein edit titled "Lara Fiction Noire". Yet when the magazine finally emerged several of those powerful images were not in the proper editorial. A casual trace revealed those out-takes had come from the stevenkleinstudio.com website, in a flash series titled "Uncensored". Whatever the vagaries behind what was published and what was not published lay a fascinating story of passion on the part of the photographer and a testament to the burgeoning power of the internet as a vital (and viral) distribution center of insider imagery. Already this editorial has rippled across the fashion groupie radar as one of the most controversial series of imagery thus far this year. With those thoughts as the backdrop TI emailed Mr Klein with a couple of questions for this exclusive interview. This is what he had to say...

> Was there a particular theme or reference driving this shoot or do you like leaving that open to the viewer?

'IT WAS THE MYSTERY AND POWER OF BLOOD... HOW IT STIRS IN US A PRIMAL REACTION, BE IT RELIGIOUS, OR THAT OF HORROR AND REVULSION OR VIEWING IT MERELY AS A BIOLOGICAL FACT. FOR ME, THE BLOOD IMAGES ARE ABOUT HOW BLOOD LINKS THE BODY AND THE SOUL.'

> When you were shooting did you intend every picture for publication or were you just feeling free and bold with the ideas.

'I INTEND EVERYTHING I SHOOT FOR PUBLICATION AND I SERIOUSLY PRE-PLAN THE IMAGES.'

> How common is it for mainstream magazines to find the images in an editorial too strong.

'I FIND MOST MAGAZINE EDITORIALS WEAK IN COMPARISON TO THE VISUAL FIELD OF CINEMA AND ART.'

> 4. Do you think today's audience wants pushed images or do they want to sit in a comfort zone given the recession fears of today?

'PEOPLE CRAVE TO SEE IMAGES THAT WILL COMPEL THEM OUT OF THEIR BOREDOM.'

> Do you think your images lose something when they're seen on the Internet as opposed to print?

'I AM FINDING MANY IMAGES TO BE STRONGER ON THE INTERNET. IN FACT WHEN THE NY POST PUBLISHES AN IMAGE FROM MY SHOOT OR I SEE MY EDITORIAL FEATURED ON A BLOG AND MIXED IN WITH ITS GRAPHICS AND TEXT, THE IMAGES TAKE ON A NEW LIFE, NOT SO PRECIOUS BUT VITAL.'

>What do you see as the future of print magazines and lavish fashion editorials?
'THEY NEED TO CATCH UP TO THE MODERN LOOK OF MANY OF THE BLOGS I SEE.'

>Your images are certainly cinematic. Do you think we'll be watching fashion ads+ editorials that are mini- videos or mini-films in the near future?

'I AM ALREADY CREATING MINI FILMS ON MY WEBSITE THAT ARE DERIVED FROM MY SHOOTS,'

TO SEE THE MOVIE ON THE STEVEN KLEIN SITE
:
stevenkleinstudio.com
enter site
go to: Moving Image
proceed to Film Projects
title French Vogue-Lara Stone


THE EDIT AS IT APPEARED IN VOGUE PARIS :

Photographed by Steven Klein for Vogue Paris Feb 2009Photographed by Steven Klein for Vogue Paris Feb 2009

Photographed by Steven Klein for Vogue Paris Feb 2009Photographed by Steven Klein for Vogue Paris Feb 2009

Photographed by Steven Klein for Vogue Paris Feb 2009Photographed by Steven Klein for Vogue Paris Feb 2009

Photographed by Steven Klein for Vogue Paris Feb 2009Photographed by Steven Klein for Vogue Paris Feb 2009

Photographed by Steven Klein for Vogue Paris Feb 2009Photographed by Steven Klein for Vogue Paris Feb 2009


UNCENSORED EDIT:

Photographed by Steven Klein for Vogue Paris Feb 2009Photographed by Steven Klein for Vogue Paris Feb 2009

Photographed by Steven Klein for Vogue Paris Feb 2009Photographed by Steven Klein for Vogue Paris Feb 2009

Photographed by Steven Klein for Vogue Paris Feb 2009Photographed by Steven Klein for Vogue Paris Feb 2009

Photographed by Steven Klein for Vogue Paris Feb 2009Photographed by Steven Klein for Vogue Paris Feb 2009

Photographed by Steven Klein for Vogue Paris Feb 2009Photographed by Steven Klein for Vogue Paris Feb 2009

Photographed by Steven Klein for Vogue Paris Feb 2009Photographed by Steven Klein for Vogue Paris Feb 2009

Photographed by Steven Klein for Vogue Paris Feb 2009Photographed by Steven Klein for Vogue Paris Feb 2009

Photographed by Steven Klein for Vogue Paris Feb 2009Photographed by Steven Klein for Vogue Paris Feb 2009

TO SEE THE MOVIE ON THE STEVEN KLEIN SITE :
stevenkleinstudio.com
enter site
go to: Moving Image
proceed to Film Projects
title French Vogue-Lara Stone

Special thanks to the Steven Klein Studio for accommodating this story.

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