Stephen Klein, New York photographer, from an article in newyorkmetro.com:
"Meanwhile, Klein continues to push his luck in print, particularly with his European commissions. For Dsquared2, the Canadian-by-way-of-Italy label, he just completed a campaign[pictured above]--notably running in European fashion publications but not in the U.S.--that involves, in Klein's words, "the idea of women in power. It's about these women tying up men in the woods, kind of stripping them down and raping them and stuff like that."
Commenting on his celebrity photography of people such as Brad Pitt and Madonna, the magazine writes:
"Klein has also made a career of flouting the usual rules of celebrity portraiture. The stars he shoots often seem to be more at the service of his art than their own image management. In positioning himself as a sort of post--Annie Leibovitz auteur, he's been able to persuade stars to pose for intensely private, erotically charged--and sometimes not particularly flattering--images that he then releases into the most public and mainstream of forums."