Albert Watson

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 where Albert began shooting photos, mostly as a hobby. Later that year, Albert met an art director at Max Factor, who offered him his first test session. Albert’s distinctive style eventually caught the attention of American and European fashion magazines such as Mademoiselle, GQ, and Harper’s Bazaar, which booked him for a shoot with Alfred Hitchcock, the first celebrity Albert ever photographed. In 1976, Albert landed his first job for Vogue, and with his move to New York that same year, his career took off.

 

Albert Watson has since made his mark as one of the world’s most successful and prolific photographers since he began his career in 1970, blending art, fashion and commercial photography into some of the most iconic images ever seen. From portraits of Alfred Hitchcock and Steve Jobs, beauty shots of Kate Moss, to Las Vegas landscapes and still-life photographs of King Tutankhamen artifacts, Albert’s diversity and body of work are unparalleled.  His striking photographs and stunning hand-made prints are featured in galleries and museums around the globe. The photo industry bible, Photo District News, named Albert one of the 20 most influential photographers of all time, along with Irving Penn and Richard Avedon, among others.

 

His immense career has won him numerous honors, including a Lucie Award, a Grammy Award, three Andys, a Der Steiger Award, a Hasselblad Masters Award; and the Centenary Medal, a lifetime achievement award from the Royal Photographic Society. Queen Elizabeth II awarded the Scotsman an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in June 2015 for his lifetime contribution to the art of photography.

 

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Né / Born : 1942, Edinburgh, United-kingdom
Vit et travaille / Lives and works : New York City

 

PRINCIPALES EXPOSITIONS INDIVIDUELLES / SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 2017                       

Albert Watson “Greatest Hits,” Palm Beach Photographic Center, Palm Beach, Florida (USA

Exhibition for FOTOFusion in conjunction with Lifetime Achievement Award from the center

2016                                   

Albert Watson: “KAOS,” St. Moritz Art Masters, St. Moritz (Switzerland)

2015           

Albert Watson: “’ROIDS!” Christophe Guye Gallery, Zurich

2015           

Albert Watson: Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow (Russia)

Albert Watson: “Silver Linings,” Izzy Gallery, Toronto (Canada)

Albert Watson: “Silver Linings,” Young Gallery, Brussels (Belgium)

2014           

Albert Watson “Classics,” Qvale Gallery, Oslo (Norway)

2012-13              

Albert Watson “Visions,” Deichtorhallen, Hamburg (Germany)

2012           

Albert Watson, “Maroc,” Flo Peters Gallery, Hamburg (Germany)

Albert Watson: Vintage Photographs, Hasted Kraeutler, New York (USA)

Albert Watson: Archive, Izzy Gallery, Toronto (Canada)

2011           

Albert Watson: Exposed, Paris (France)

Albert Watson - I Observe, Kahmann Gallery, Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Albert Watson, Fotografiska, Stockholm (Sweden)

2010           

Vintage Watson, Hamiltons, London (United-Kingdom)

Albert Watson, Flo Peters Gallery, Hamburg (Germany)

UFO: Unified Fashion Objectives Young Gallery, Bruxelles (Belgium)

UFO: Unified Fashion Objectives, Hartmann Gallery, Barcelona (Spain)

2009           

Best of Albert Watson, NRW-Forum Kultur und Wirtschaft, Düsseldorf (Germany)

Albert Watson, Forma Galleria, Milan (Italy)

Albert Watson, Brucie Collections Gallery, Kiev (Ukraine)

2008                 

Albert Watson, Camera Work, Berlin (Germany)

Miss Beehayving, Hamiltons, London (United-Kingdom)

2007           

Frozen, Museum voor Fotografie, Antwerp (Belgium)

Frozen, City Art Centre of  Edinburgh (United-Kigdom)

2005                 

Frozen, KunstHausWien, Vienna (Austria)

2004                 

Frozen, Rotonda di via Besana, Milan (Italy)

 


PRINCIPALES EXPOSITIONS COLLECTIVES / SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
ART FAIRS / FOIRES

 

2016                 

Who Shot Sports, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY (USA)

Vogue 100: A Century of Style, National Portrait Gallery, London (United-Kingdom)

2014               

Coming into Fashion, Palais Galliera, Paris (France)

2013                       

High Art: A Decade of Collecting, the Smithsonian, Washington, D.C. (USA)

Beauty in the 21st Century, Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow (Russia)

2012                   

Timeless Beauty, 100 Years of Fashion Photography, C/O Berlin (Germany)

2011           

Traummänner, Haus der Photographie/ Deichtorhallen Hamburg (Germany)

Beauty CULTure, Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles (USA)

2010           

Colleziona 2010 La scena e il sogno delle fotografie - Forma - Centro (Italy)

2009                  

Who Shot Rock, Brooklyn Museum (USA)

Internazionale di Fotografia, Milan (Italy)

The Model as Muse, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (USA)

2008                       

Traumfrauen, Haus der Photographie/ Deichtorhallen Hamburg (Germany)

Blind Date, National Portrait Gallery, London (United Kingdom)

International Center of Photography, New York (USA)

Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow (Russia)

 

PUBLICATIONS

Kaos, Taschen, to be released, spring 2017

Strip Search, PQ Blackwell/Chronicle, 2010

UFO: Unified Fashion Objectives, PQ Blackwell/Abrams, 2010

Albert Watson, Phaidon, 2007

The Vienna Album, Schirmer/Mosel, 2005

Maroc, Rizzoli, 1998

Mad Dog, Schirmer/Mosel, 1996

Cyclops, Bulfinch Press, 1994

 


DISTINCTIONS / AWARDS

Lifetime Achievement Award, Palm Beach Photographic Center, 2017

Cartier Lifetime Achievement Award, St. Moritz Art Masters, 2016

Order of the British Empire (OBE), Queen Elizabeth II, 2015

Platinum Award, 100 Best in Photography, Graphis, 2012

Centenary Medal, Lifetime Achievement Award, Royal Photographic Society, 2010

Hasselblad Masters Award, 2008

Lucie Award, Outstanding Achievement in Advertising Photography, 2006

Scottish Fashion Awards Hall of Fame, 2006

Named One of the 20 Most Influential Photographers of All Time, Photo District News, 2004

ANDY Award, Best Editorial Photography, 1989

ANDY Award, Best Advertising Photography, 1983

ANDY Award, Best Editorial Photography, 1980

Grammy Award for best album cover art, Mason Proffit, “Come and Gone”, 1975

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