Only an artistic shoot for uber fab designer Kai Kuhne at Frank Lloyd Wright's Ennis House makes Markus and Indrani focus on what they do best.In case you didn’t notice, Hello Kitty invaded Los Angeles in November.During our discussion on the process behind the creation of the image, the two often spoke like fraternal twins, completing each other’s sentences while at the same time offering almost completely opposite opinions on many of the topics that we discussed.It’s this cognitive dissonance that exists between the two and their famously aggressive "point-counterpoint" collaborative approach to image-making that helps them to refine their images on set while also being able to engage high-profile egos behind the scenes.Photo by Mike Clarke AFP/Getty Images Jamie Ng (left) and Horlick Ng pose with Hello Kitty and Dear Daniel at Hong Kong's Mass Transit Railway during a "Hello Kitty Dream Wedding" in Hong Kong in 2007.Hello Kitty is celebrating a big birthday this year.Participants took advantage of the coinciding date of Halloween to morph their “Hello Kitty” looks into a menagerie of caricature and costume far beyond the core characters created by Hello Kitty’s parent company, the Sanrio Co., Ltd.
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If you were anywhere near Little Tokyo, you could scarcely escape the impression that not only that neighborhood, but half the population of LA’s downtown and east side had been initiated into the cult of the bow, cat-ears and whiskers.
Hello Kitty has been a merchandising phenomenon for some decades now (four, to be precise: the Hello Kitty Convention that took over MOCA’s Geffen Contemporary—incredibly, all without the promotion or support of Jeffrey Deitch—was planned to coincide both with this anniversary and the Japanese American National Museum’s curated exhibition, It has also become a fashion and style phenomenon, abundantly evidenced by the scene swirling in and around the Geffen.
A full production with MARKUS INDRANI can cost clients hundreds of thousands of dollars, and thanks largely to an arena of dwindling income and exponentially exploding competition, the two had to retire their eight-year-old Soho shooting loft last year while taking a massively introspective look at how they work as a team.
Take, for example, a scene in where Klinko uses a laser pointer to measure his hotel room.
The title is a bit of a double entendre, as well, because the two are perhaps the most famous working couple in all of photography, even finding themselves in front of the camera in 2010 when Bravo centered a six-episode series called on the duo and the background histrionics of putting together high-profile, big-budget shoots for A-list guest stars like Lady Gaga and Lindsay Lohan.