Markus + Indrani Icons capture stars in various artistic and cultural pose

The Markus + Indrani Icons book was recently feted at a party hosted by Carmen Electra which benefited The Trevor Project, an organization which provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to the LGBT community, held at the Merry Karnowsky Gallery & Graffiti in Los Angeles.

The new coffee-table book from photographers Markus Klinko and Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri features iconic images of many stars, including Beyonce, Kate Winslet, Diane Kruger, David Bowie and Channing Tatum. Lady Gaga appears on the cover as a Japanese Manga-style character.

Some of the standout images include a sizzling portrait of Beyonce from the cover of her solo album Dangerously in Love, singer Lady Gaga in a colorful soft-toy dress, and Katie Holmes.

Fern Mallis, the founder of New York Fashion Week, who wrote one of the forewords for the book, told the Huffington Post: ‘The transformation of the celebrities or models that they shoot is staggering.

‘Their styling and use of lighting creates an aura that tells you a great deal about their subject. Their pictures pull you in and make you keep looking at them.’

Before taking up photography, Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri, who grew up in India, spent her teenage years working as a model.

In 1995, she met the Swiss classical harpist, Markus Klinko and they decided to turn their love of photography into a career.

The two were also the subject of a Bravo’s docu-series Double Exposure, which gave viewers an insight into high fashion and celebrity photography.

The new coffee table book features both interviews with the New York-based photographers and many of the stars they’ve shot.