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Fashion Photography: Albert Watson

We take a look at the work of the man who first photographed Kate Moss, naked, on her 18th birthday
Albert Watson, Mick Jagger, Los Angeles (1992)
The picture was created for Rolling Stone magazine’s twenty-fifth anniversary issue. Initially, Watson photographed a leopard. He then used a marker to draw the animal’s outline on to the viewfinder of his camera and rewound the film in the camera and made an old-fashioned double exposure.


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Albert Watson is one of the world's most successful and sought-after fashion and commercial photographers working today. Over the past thirty-five years his striking portraits have appeared on more than 250 covers of Vogue; he has produced photographs of many of the iconic figures of our time, including Kate Moss - whom he first photographed on a shoot in Marrakech on her 18th birthday - Naomi Campbell, Alfred Hitchcock, Jack Nicholson and that shot of Mick Jagger.

More than simply a straightforward fashion photographer, Watson's images are informed by his work as a graphic designer and have a filmic quality; his work is often said to defy any simple categorisation as he bends and weaves different genres together.  

Watson was awarded The Royal Photographic Society's Centenary Medal - in recognition of his sustained and significant contribution to photography - on 9 September 2010.


Albert Watson

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