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Hanging Out with the Photographer of Beyonce’s ‘Diamonds’ Album Cover


YouTube star Karen Yeung recently visited photographer Markus Klinko, the international celebrity photographer who, among other things, captured the famous “diamond” portrait of Beyonce for the cover of her album Dangerously in Love. Yeung posed for similar portraits and then chatted with Klinko about the well-known Beyonce photos.

Yeung’s photo shoot was done in Klinko’s Bel Air house studio:

“While I use top end modifiers from Broncolor and Elinchrom, with custom adapters I built, all the lights [in the video] are by Flashpoint/Godox,” Klinko tells PetaPixel. “I use a combination of 600Pro, and H1200 for all of my studio and location setups, and occasional use the Evolv200 as well.”

Here are the resulting portraits Klinko made of Yeung:

And here’s Klinko’s famous album cover of Beyonce for comparison:

The Dangerously in Love album cover. Photo by Markus Klinko.

Klinko tells Yeung that back in 2003, after just finishing up an international campaign promoting diamonds, Beyonce approached Klinko and asked for a diamond-themed portrait for her upcoming album. Her mother, the stylist, had brought a diamond top for Beyonce, but she didn’t want to wear it because they only had skirts available for the bottom half of her outfit.

Klinko though denim would look good with the top, but Beyonce didn’t bring any jeans… so Klinko let her borrow one of his jeans.

So, the jeans you see in his iconic photos of Beyonce show her wearing her photographer’s jeans.

P.S. A Fujifilm-sponsored exhibit of Klinko’s work is currently running in Beverly Hills and will be there through the end of the month.