Thursday, October 1, 2009

Influences ~ Photographer Albert Watson

Albert Watson has made his mark as one of the world’s most successful fashion and commercial photographers during the last four decades, while creating his own art along the way. Over the years, his striking images have appeared on more than 250 covers of Vogue around the world and have been featured in countless other publications, from Rolling Stone to Time. Iconic portraits of rock stars, rappers, actors and other celebrities. He has also directed over 600 commercials. Albert Watson has always been one of my biggest influences.

Born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, Albert studied graphic design and later film and television at the Royal College of Art in London. He was an elementary school teacher in LA and shooting just as a hobby when he got his first big break when he was introduced to art director at Max Factor. Born blind in one eye he chose “Cyclops” (1994) as the title of his first published book of photographs.

The photo industry bible, Photo District News, named Albert one of the 20 most influential photographers of all time. He has won numerous honors, including a Lucie Award, a Grammy Award, the Hasselblad Masters Award, three ANDY Awards, and the Centenary Medal, a lifetime achievement award from the Royal Photographic Society.

In 2007, a large-format Watson print of a Kate Moss photograph taken in 1993 (above) sold at Christie's in London for $108,000, five times the low pre-sale estimate.

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