Macallan Masters Of Photography Steven Klein Print 8
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling 70cl / 53.5%
Steven Klein has worked with Madonna and Lady Gaga, shot campaigns for Dolce & Gabbana and Louis Vuitton, and magazine covers for Vogue, but his latest project takes him where few other photographers have gone with his own special release of Macallan scotch whisky. The sixth edition of Macallan's Masters of Photography series honours Klein's work with a limited edition box set of only 1,000 available worldwide with each containing one of ten photos Klein created specifically for the release.
The creative process began over a year ago, when Klein flew to Spain to have dinner at the legendary El Celler de Can Roca and the Roca brothers served a 15-course meal, paired with specially-created Macallan cocktails. He also sampled different versions of the whisky and one of which would become his own special edition. "There's this idea that Macallan is an older man's drink," says Klein, "but when you taste all these different versions, see how the Roca Brothers approach their cooking, and then all the flavours they were able to bring out in the whisky with saffron, orange and others, you get the contemporary along with the classical."
Klein then found visual inspiration in a collection from fashion designer Thom Browne. "His clothes are a combination of the wild west and British style. A little turn-of-the-century and also cool and modern. When I was thinking of characters I wanted to shoot, I saw Thom's collection and imagined the people who belonged in them drinking whisky." One person he though of immediately was designer and model Daphne Guinness, whom Klein has worked with numerous times. The series Klein created is a tableau of these characters in a mythical space, where dimly-lit models, accented by cyan highlights, hold the cocktails created by the Roca brothers against a bright stormy red background. The individual photos focus on different pieces of the scene. "Like the way whiskey ages, the idea of time came into play," says Klein. "Marrying current time with passed time. And then there's the social element. There's always a gathering around whiskey. That also got me thinking about movies from the 40s and 50s and every scene has someone with a drink and cigarette."
The sixth edition of Macallan's Masters of Photography honours Klein's work with a limited edition of only 1000 sets available Worldwide. Each set includes one bottle of cask strength Macallan, a horses head stopper, glass, tumbler, dropper and other alchemic glassware that's hidden in a sliding side-door. Not forgetting a print which features ten different Time Captured themes that were created specifically for this release. This is print number 8 of 10.
- Distiller Macallan Distillery
- Bottler Distillery
- Country of Origin Scotland
- Region Speyside