Albert Watson

Albert Watson has made his mark as one of the world?s most successful and prolific photographers. Since he began his career in 1970, he has blended a unique style, fusing 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. The photography industry's 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.

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.

Over the years, Albert?s photographs have appeared on more than 100 covers of Vogue worldwide and have been featured in countless other publications, from Rolling Stone to Time to Harper?s Bazaar; many of the photos iconic fashion shots or portraits of rock stars, rappers, actors and other celebrities. Albert also has created the photography for hundreds of ad campaigns for major companies, such as Prada, the Gap, Levi?s, Revlon and Chanel. He has shot dozens of Hollywood movie posters, such as ?Kill Bill? and ?Memoirs of a Geisha,? and has also directed more than 100 television commercials.

All the while, Albert has spent much of his time working on art projects for museum and gallery exhibitions, which feature his well-known portraits and fashion photographs, along with powerful shots from his travels and interests, such as a snake charmer in Morocco, a dominatrix in Las Vegas or the dramatic mountains on the Isle of Skye in Scotland.

Since 2004, Albert has had solo shows at the Museum of Modern Art and the Forma Galleri in Milan, Italy; the KunstHausWien in Vienna, Austria; the City Art Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland; the FotoMuseum in Antwerp, Belgium; the NRW Forum in Dusseldorf, Germany; Fotografiska in Stockholm, Sweden; and the Multimedia Art Museum in Moscow, Russia. In 2013, a major retrospective, with a new body of work Albert shot in Benin, Africa, was held at the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg, Germany.

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




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

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


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


Albert Watson: ??ROIDS!? Christophe Guye Gallery, Zurich


Albert Watson: Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow (Russia)

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

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


Albert Watson ?Classics,? Qvale Gallery, Oslo (Norway)


Albert Watson ?Visions,? Deichtorhallen, Hamburg (Germany)


Albert Watson, ?Maroc,? Flo Peters Gallery, Hamburg (Germany)

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

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


Albert Watson: Exposed, Paris (France)

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

Albert Watson, Fotografiska, Stockholm (Sweden)


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)


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

Albert Watson, Forma Galleria, Milan (Italy)

Albert Watson, Brucie Collections Gallery, Kiev (Ukraine)


Albert Watson, Camera Work, Berlin (Germany)

Miss Beehayving, Hamiltons, London (United-Kingdom)


Frozen, Museum voor Fotografie, Antwerp (Belgium)

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


Frozen, KunstHausWien, Vienna (Austria)


Frozen, Rotonda di via Besana, Milan (Italy)





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

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


Coming into Fashion, Palais Galliera, Paris (France)


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

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


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


Traummänner, Haus der Photographie/ Deichtorhallen Hamburg (Germany)

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


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


Who Shot Rock, Brooklyn Museum (USA)

Internazionale di Fotografia, Milan (Italy)

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


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)



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



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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