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ARNY SCHMIT

About Albert Watson

ALbert Watson has made his mark as one of the world's most successlul 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 to Vibe many of the photographs iconic portraits of rock stars, rappers, actors and other celebrities. [ALbert was the officiaL Royal Photographer for Prince Andrew's wedding to Sarah Ferguson.l

ALbert also has created the photography for hundreds of successfuL advertising campaigns for major corporations, su ch as the Gap, Levïs, RevLon and Chanel, and he has directed more than 600 TV commercials. ALL the while, ALbert has spent mu ch of his time working on personaL projects, creating stunning images from his traveLs, 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 around the world. The photo industry bible, Photo District News, named ALbert one of the 20 most influentiaL photographers of all time.

Born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, Albert studied graphic design at the Duncan of Jordanstone CoLlege of Art and Design in Dundee, and lilm 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. ln 1970, he moved to the United .

Later that year, Albert was introduced to an art director at Max Factor, who offered him his first 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. ln 1976, ALbert landed his fi rst job for Vogue, and his move to New York in the same year shilted his career into high gear.

 

Without a doubt, ALbert Watson is an artist who greatLy enriches our perception with his unique photographie 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 technieal virtuosity whether it's a portrait of a Las Vegas dominatrix or a close-up of King Tutankhamen's glove. This single-minded commitment to perfection has made Albert one of the world's most sought-after photographers.