Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend time in
the presence of one of the world's preeminent fine art, commercial and fashion photographers.
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 100 covers of Vogue around the world and been featured in countless other publications, from Rolling Stone to Time - many of the photographs iconic portraits of rock
stars, rappers, actors and other celebrities.
In a one-hour slide presentation, followed by an open ended discussion, Albert will discuss some of his most iconic works. Don't miss this rare opportunity to share some personal experiences with one of the most sought after and influential photographers in the world. Albert will be available to sign books at the event! Visit Albert's Website to view all of his work
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About Albert Watson
"Without a doubt, Albert Watson is an artist who greatly enriches our perception with his unique photographic view. Though the wide variety of his images reflects an effortless versatility, they are nevertheless identifiable as Albert Watson photographs by their sheer power and technical virtuosity - whether it’s a shot of a Las Vegas dominatrix, a close-up of King Tutankhamen’s sock or the iconic black and white portrait of Steve Jobs. This single-minded commitment to perfection has made Albert one of the world’s most sought-after photographers."
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 100 covers of Vogue around the world and been featured in countless other publications, from Rolling Stone to Time- many of the photographs iconic portraits of rock stars, rappers, actors and other celebrities.
Albert also has created the photography for hundreds of successful advertising campaigns for major corporations, such as Prada, the Gap, Levi’s, Revlon and Chanel, and he has directed many TV commercials and shot dozens of posters for major Hollywood movies, such as “Kill Bill” and “Memoirs of a Geisha.” All the while, Albert has spent much of his time working on personal projects, creating stunning images from his travels and interests, from Marrakech to Las Vegas to the Orkneys. Much of this work, along with his well-known portraits and fashion photographs, has been featured in museum and gallery shows worldwide. 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, three Andys, and the Centenary Medal, a lifetime achievement award from the Royal Photographic Society.
Born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, Albert studied graphic design at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee, and film and television at the Royal College of Art in London. Though blind in one eye since birth, Albert studied photography as part of his curriculum. In 1970, he moved to the United States with his wife, Elizabeth, who got a job as an elementary school teacher in Los Angeles, where Albert began shooting photos, mostly as a hobby.
Later that year, Albert was introduced to an art director at Max Factor, who offered him his first test session, from which the company bought two shots. Albert’s distinctive style eventually caught the attention of American and European fashion magazines such as Mademoiselle, GQ and Harper’s Bazaar, and he began commuting between Los Angeles and New York. In 1975, Albert won a Grammy Award for the photography on the cover of the Mason Profitt album “Come and Gone,” and in 1976, he landed his first job for Vogue. With his move to New York that same year, his career took off.
Despite the demands of his commissioned assignments, Albert devotes much of his time to extensive personal projects, and he has published five books: “Cyclops” (1994, Bullfinch); “Maroc” (Rizzoli, 1998); "Albert Watson” (Phaidon, 2007); "Strip Search" (PQ Blackwell/Chronicle 2010); and "UFO: Unified Fashion Objectives" (PQ Blackwell/Abrams 2010.) In addition, many catalogs of Albert’s photographs have been published in conjunction with museum and gallery shows. Since 2004, Albert has had solo shows at the Museum of Modern Art in Milan, Italy; the KunstHausWien in Vienna, Austria; the City Art Centre in Edinburgh; the FotoMuseum in Antwerp, Belgium; the NRW Forum in Dusseldorf, Germany; the Forma Galleria in Milan; and Fotografiska in Stockholm, Sweden. A major retrospective, featuring a new body of work shot in Benin, Africa, will open in September 2012 at the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg, Germany. Albert’s photographs have also been featured in many group shows at museums, including the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow, the International Center of Photography in New York, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Deichtorhallen. His photographs are included in the permanent collections at the National Portrait Gallery and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, among others.
Albert has always been a workaholic. The archives at his studio in Manhattan are filled with millions of images and negatives, on which world-famous magazines and companies can be read. His studio, also used as a personal gallery, is filled with extraordinarily large-format photographs taken in Las Vegas. At first glance these landscapes, interiors and portraits take the viewer by surprise with their soft, filtered range of colors. But even in his new creations, Albert stays true to himself. The photographs create an aura that takes the viewer into the image but simultaneously demands a reverent distance.
Albert’s visual language follows his own distinctive rules and concepts of quality. With their brilliance, urgency, even grandeur, his photographs stand out so clearly against the world of today’s images. His way of lighting subjects, especially the fetish objects and portraits, creates a nearly meditative atmosphere in the photographs.
Without a doubt, Albert Watson is an artist who greatly enriches our perception with his unique photographic view. Though the wide variety of his images reflects an effortless versatility, they are nevertheless identifiable as Albert Watson photographs by their sheer power and technical virtuosity _ whether it’s a shot of a Las Vegas dominatrix, a close-up of King Tutankhamen’s sock or the iconic black and white portrait of Steve Jobs. This single-minded commitment to perfection has made Albert one of the world’s most sought-after photographers.
ALBERT WATSON Bio
1942 - Born in Edinburgh, Scotland
1960s - Studies graphic design at the Duncan Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee
Studies film and television at the Royal College of Art, London
1970 - Moves to the USA and opens his first studio in L.A.
1974 - Opens studio in New York
1976 - First job for Vogue; moves to New York full time
Selection of Solo Exhibtions
2011 - Albert Watson: Exposed, Acte2 Galerie, Paris
2011 - Albert Watson - I Observe, Kahmann Gallery, Amsterdam
2011 - Albert Watson, Fotografiska, Stockholm
2010 - Vintage Watson, Hamiltons, London
2010 - Albert Watson, Flo Peters Gallery, Hamburg
2010 - UFO: Unified Fashion Objectives Young Gallery, Bruxelles
2010 - UFO: Unified Fashion Objectives, Hartmann Gallery, Barcelona
2009 - Best of Albert Watson, NRW-Forum Kultur und Wirtschaft, Düsseldorf
2009 - Albert Watson, Forma Galleria, Milan
2009 - Albert Watson, Brucie Collections Gallery, Kiev
2008 - Albert Watson, Camera Work, Berlin
2008 - Miss Beehayving, Hamiltons, London
2007 - Frozen, Museum voor Fotografie, Antwerp
2006 - Frozen, City Art Centre of Edinburgh
2005 - Frozen, KunstHausWien, Vienna
2004 - Frozen, Rotonda di via Besana, Milan
Selection of Group Exhibitions
2011 - Traummänner, Haus der Photographie/ Deichtorhallen Hamburg
2011 - Beauty CULTure, Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles
2010 - Colleziona 2010 La scena e il sogno delle fotografie - Forma - Centro
2009 - Who Shot Rock, Brooklyn Museum
Internazionale di Fotografia, Mailand
2009 - The Model as Muse, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
2008 - Traumfrauen, Haus der Photographie/ Deichtorhallen Hamburg
2008 - Blind Date, National Portrait Gallery, London; International Center of Photography, New York; Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow
2010 - Strip Search, PQ Blackwell/Chronicle
2010 - UFO: Unified Fashion Objectives, PQ Blackwell/Abrams
2007 - Albert Watson, Phaidon
2005 - The Vienna Album, Schirmer/Mosel
1998 - Maroc, Rizzoli
1996 - Mad Dog, Schirmer/Mosel
1994 - Cyclops, Bulfinch Press
2012 - Platinum Award, 100 Best in Photography, Graphis
2010 - Centenary Medal, Lifetime Achievement Award, Royal Photographic
2008 - Hasselblad Masters Award
2006 - Lucie Award, Outstanding Achievement in Advertising Photography
2006 - Scottish Fashion Awards Hall of Fame
2004 - Named One of the 20 Most Influential Photographers of All Time, Photo
1989 - ANDY Award, Best Editorial Photography
1983 - ANDY Award, Best Advertising Photography
1980 - ANDY Award, Best Editorial Photography
1975 - Grammy Award for the cover of the Mason Profit album „Come and Gone“