In collaboration with artists and photographers from all over the world STAGE are proud to present our unique selection of art.
Markus Klinko was born (1961) in Switzerland and grew up intending to become a professional musician. He studied the harp in Paris - was a good student - and his career seemed to be straight ahead of him. He got exclusive record contracts and worked for several years with the ultimate elite and was a soloist with large and well-known symphony orchestras around the world. In parallel, he also developed a great interest in photography. When an injury to one hand put an end to his music career, he invested in full-time photography. Markus soon received assignments from the largest newspapers and magazines such as Vogue, Harpers Bazar, GQ and Vanity Fair. Markus Klinko currently has his base in Los Angeles. He belongs to the absolute photo elite and above all directs his camera lens towards well-known profiles in the film, fashion and music world. He works with stars such as Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Kate Winslet, Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Billie Eilish and more. Most coveted are still his pictures of David Bowie, which are exhibited around the world. STAGE in collaboration with Tres Hombres Art represents Klinko, not only in Sweden but also throughout Europe, Russia and Australia.
Swedish photographer and videographer Jonas Åkerlund’s great passion for music is no secret. He has been playing drums professionally and has directed music videos that’s been awarded internationally. Among the awards you find several Grammy’s, an Icon Award, MTV Video Music Awards, the prestigious MVPA Hall of Fame Award including an MVPA win for the music video for Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” and most recently a UK music Video Award for best concert film (Rammstein:Paris). Åkerlund received his third Grammy award for Best Music Film for Paul McCartney’s “Live Kisses.”Jonas visually driven signature style, that often pushes the boundaries of the status quo, has certainly put his name on the board of talented people within the music industry. Due to his great interest in music, Jonas personally has attended various concerts and collected plectrums from each band. Åkerlund later on decided to photograph each plectrums and create an exhibition that involved his distinctive storytelling. More information about each plectrum can be found underneath each plectrum image.
With a passion for travel, unique objects and art, fashion photographer and director Kalle Gustafsson is a typical STAGE contributor. The Swedish photographer has been in the business for several years working with magazines such as Vogue, and is today one of Sweden’s most known within the photography industry. Gustafsson’s latest breakthrough was when his breathtaking horse image was chosen as the cover for Bruce Springsteen's nineteenth album ‘Western Stars’, released last summer.
Alongside his career as an international photographer and director, Kalle runs Galerie Maison Premiére in Stockholm. Galerie Maison Premiére is a gallery specialized in Pierre Jeanneret’s original and most iconic furniture pieces from India during the 1950’s. The Galerie Maison Premiére has Scandinavia’s largest collection of Jeanneret’s pieces. In collaboration with Kalle we have the opportunity to sell a few handpicked Jeanneret icons.
STAGE are proud to work with the self-taught swedish artist Lukas Göthman, who is probably most known for his art pieces with writing. Göthman has had exhibitions all over Sweden and in some of Europe's most well-known galleries. Lukas' work is also available and sold at Bukowskis.
Göthman began his career in the early 2000’s in Sweden. Being self-taught without a prestigious art education in his backpack, Göthman truly has made a career for himself. In collaboration with Göthman we are privileged to sell some of his iconic art pieces.
Bob Gruen is one of the most well-known and respected photographers in world of rock and roll. Gruen has captured the music scene for over forty years with photographs that have gained worldwide recognition. Shortly after John Lennon moved to New York in 1971, Bob became John and Yoko’s personal photographer and friend.
For Gruen’s many charitable contributions, Bob received the first-ever John Lennon Real Love Award in December 2014 at the 32nd annual John Lennon Tribute Concert. Bob Gruen has taken some of the most famous early seventies of John Lennon in New York, published in many books over the years, but he is equally famous for his punk and new wave images. STAGE has a great passion for art and music, and collaborating with one of the most recognized rock and roll photo artists is a true honour.
As STAGE has an ongoing collaboration with the Non-Violence foundation it was a great fit to involve Gruen, who was the photo artist for John Lennon & Yoko Ono’s. STAGE wants to take the opportunity and give extra focus on Bob Gruen as John Lennon would have turned 80 years this autumn, on October 9th. A pleasure working with you, Bob!
"When I grew up, most of my friends were musicians and artists. To photograph was my hobby. I like natural environments and I do not usually instruct them how to act. I like interesting people and of course, I love music. I used to drive around the '70s with a bunch of journalists. I really enjoyed going out day and night and looking up pictures, finding places and people. I had a lot of fun during these years " – Bob Gruen