The Final Moment

Essay 341 • Oct 1st 2018

A couple of years ago I covered a fashion show, taking photos only while right by the runway exit, where the light was so beautiful. This year, when I had the opportunity to get backstage access, I decided to create an entire series with that lighting. However, the production team would not allow me by the exit, only the entrance. I was a bit disappointed, but understood I’d have to make do.

I noticed there was this stunning edge lighting being created by the stage lighting, seeping into the models’ holding area. I decided to expose for that light, which created this dramatic look. I studied it on the faces of the models the entire show. While doing so, I found myself also documenting a very intimate, quiet and powerful moment, right before the models hit the stage.


Aviva Klein is a NYC based portrait and documentary photographer and director whose work is rooted in introspective moments that momentarily hold us still and inspire vulnerability. From large- scale productions to stripped down intimate portrait sessions, Aviva creates imagery that echoes the diversity and genuine spirit of the people in her hometown Brooklyn, NY. Her work has been on display at Yale University and Milk Gallery. Select clients include Beyoncé/Parkwood, Halle Berry, Belvedere Vodka, Epic Records, Pepsi, Jordan Brand and Puma. Aviva is also an educator, teaching photography to a group of young Hasidic women through a private continuing education program in Brooklyn, NY. Through visual storytelling, Aviva investigates the relationship between young people in urban spaces, marginalized communities and their humanity as perceived by their cultural peers and the outside world.
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