David Bowie lives on in Miami exhibit

Photographer Markus Klinko shares some images of the late David Bowie.
Photographer Markus Klinko shares some images of the late David Bowie.

Fashion photographer Markus Klinko had the opportunity to get up close and personal with David Bowie and is sharing this special experience with Miami, and later the world. The Swiss native — who was friends with the late singer’s wife, Iman — shot Bowie at his NYC recording studio for his 2002 album Heathen. The exclusive photographs — even some Polaroids — will be on display through March 15 at Markowicz Fine Art, 110 NE 40th St., in The Design District.

Why did you choose our city as the first place to debut these photos?

Miami, as I see it, is at the wonderful crossroad between North and South America, and to some degree also Europe, to kick off this touring exhibit. Tokyo will be the next stop, and others will be announced soon.

What was Bowie like in person?

David was so bright, curious and so knowledgeable about a great deal of things. He was so direct and personally involved with every aspect of creating a new album or video. Each time I worked with him, he called me himself, and we talked and brainstormed about the projects, sometimes for hours. Almost all celebrities of his stature are surrounded by handlers, publicists, managers, record company people, and the communication is rarely as direct.

You’ve photographed a lot of celebrities. Any stand out more than others?

It is impossible to narrow it down to just one shoot, but among my top picks would be Bowie, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and the many shoots I did with Daphne Guinness — they were able to transform and all have many facets. A more memorable shoot was my [2003] album cover for Beyoncé’s Dangerously in Love. That record was the start of her incredible solo career. Many people, including Beyoncé herself, referred to this image as one of their favorites, and I think it’s because it brings them back to a specific moment in time.

Who would you like to photograph next?

Great question. Maybe Mick Jagger! I have not worked with him yet. Of course Bowie and Jagger were great friends, so he would be really interesting.

Any spots you frequent in Miami?

I am fascinated by the eclectic blend of cultures and the highly international aspects of Miami. I have regularly spent time here since the early ’80s and had a chance to see the transformation of South Beach. Today, Miami has become a really important center for art, and I believe will only grow more in the coming years in that respect. I find Wynwood and the whole scene quite fascinating. The Design District is a superb new addition to add a lot of appeal for both locals and visitors. A great place where art and fashion can co-exist.