Albert Watson Betty Prado, From Nude Series, New York City
Medium Pigment print
Mount flush mounted to aluminum
Photo Date 1986 Print Date 1986<
Dimensions 57 x 38 in. (1448 x 965 mm)
Photo Country United States (USA)
Photographer Country Scotland
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
With Watson's signature, title, date and edition notation 1/10, in ink, on verso; framed. See: Watson, Cyclops, unpaginated.
Albert Watson‘s work is included in the collections of, among others, the National Portrait Gallery in London and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Albert Watson has had solo exhibitions of his work at famed international institutions including the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg, Germany, Museum of Modern Art in Milan, Italy, Fotografiska in Stockholm, Sweden,the KunstHausWien in Vienna, Austria, the City Art Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland, the FotoMuseum in Antwerp, Belgium, the NRW Forum in Düsseldorf, Germany, and the Forma Gallery in Milan. His photographs have also been shown at 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 in Hamburg, Germany.
Additionally he has won numerous awards, like the Hasselblad Master Awards, The Lucie Award and a Grammy Award, to name a few.
Watson is a diverse photographer and this is reflected in the scope of his work. He has collaborated with everything and everyone, from fashion to fine art photography, from Queen Elizabeth to Mick Jagger, from movie posters to commercial films. He has also photographed over 200 covers for Vogue, and numerous other magazines, such as Rolling Stone, GQ and Time. His list of achievements also includes several book publications, including: Cyclops (1994), Maroc (1998), Albert Watson (2007), Strip Search (2010) and UFO: Unified Fashion Objectives (2010).
Watson was born in Edinburgh in 1942 and studied graphs design in Dundee, followed by film and television studies at The Royal College of Art in London. Being born blind on one eye, photography might not have seemed the easiest way to go, but he discovered a love for photography at an early age. His passion for his work is hard to ignore, and is reflected in the technical virtuosity in his work.
In 1970 Watson moved to the USA with his wife Elizabeth, and he soon managed to make a living of his photography. His real breakthrough came when he, in 1973, got the assignment to photograph the legendary director Alfred Hitchcock for Harper’s Bazaar. Watson described himself as being nervous and sweating, but the pictures turned out amazing, and the picture of Hitchcock standing with a plucked goose in his hand is now an iconic photograph. Watson himself describes the picture as "the most important shot I ever did".
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