Where the Models Are: Legendary Fashion Photographer Steven Klein Buys at 150 Charles

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Perhaps his subjects like Bella Hadid will be visiting his new $12.5 million pad.

Perhaps his subjects like Bella Hadid will be visiting his new $12.5 million pad. (Photo: Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Samsung)

Famed fashion and celebrity photographer Steven Klein has purchased a condo at celebrity haven 150 Charles, joining the likes of Jon Bon Jovi and Irina Shayk.

We wonder if Mr. Klein will choose to bedeck his three-bedroom, 3.5-bath West Village condo with the rather eccentric aesthetic his work is known for–his new 3,000-square-foot, $12.51 million pad definitely provides quite the canvas to work with.

Mr. Klein’s sometimes-controversial work has most recently included Equinox’s “Commit to Something” campaign, which featured images like socialite and heiress Lydia Hearst posing as a mom breastfeeding twins in a swanky restaurant, along with what can only be described as a potential orgy in another, to name a few.

The shutterbug isn’t exactly a stranger to provocative celebrity shots, which include his 1990s images of Brad Pitt emulating his “Fight Club” character, along with his photos of Madonna and Lady Gaga.

And of course, there was that controversy over his recent Interview cover featuring Kylie Jenner as a doll in a wheelchair.

“To me, it was just playing with this idea of the pseudo-living doll,” he told W. “The different positions and setups I could do with her.”

Perhaps he'll run into Irina Shayk in the lobby.

Perhaps he’ll run into Irina Shayk in the lobby. (Photo: Douglas Elliman)

Douglas Elliman brokers Raphael De Niro, Darren Sukenik, Peter Zaitzeff, and Madeline Hilt Elghanayan shared the listing, which was asking $14 million, and includes highlights such as a windowed eat-in kitchen, floor-to-ceiling windows, and bathrooms with Italian hand cut tile and Blue De Savoie marble.

We don’t, however, expect the finished product to be too bright or breezy: if his Bridgehampton home is any indication, Mr. Klein’s has a rather dark and moody take on interior design.

“It’s so much more appealing to have this kind of cool darkness against the light,” he told Architectural Digest of his decision to outfit the home in a whole lot of black and leather. Maybe he’ll at least hang a few of the photographs of himself on horseback in the 150 Charles pad–he’s apparently quite the equestrian.

 

 

Update, 6/15/18: At the time this article was written in 2016, a broker representative confirmed to Observer that it was the photographer Steven Klein who purchased this apartment. The brokerage handling the new listing for this apartment reached out to Observer this week to state that it is a different Steven Klein.

Where the Models Are: Legendary Fashion Photographer Steven Klein Buys at 150 Charles