Albert Watson: a glimpse at his life's work

Striking images from the exhibition dedicated to the work of British photographer Albert Watson at Fotografiska in Sweden
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Albert Watson, Golden Boy, New York City (1990)

1 / 12 Albert Watson, Golden Boy, New York City (1990)

Albert Watson, Alfred Hitchcock, Los Angeles (1973)

2 / 12 Albert Watson, Alfred Hitchcock, Los Angeles (1973)

Albert Watson, Mike Tyson, Catskills, New York (1986)

3 / 12 Albert Watson, Mike Tyson, Catskills, New York (1986)

Albert Watson, 16th Century Aztec Fan, New York City (1990)

4 / 12 Albert Watson, 16th Century Aztec Fan, New York City (1990)

Albert Watson, Alan Shepard, Lunar Suit, Apollo 14, NASA (1990)

5 / 12 Albert Watson, Alan Shepard, Lunar Suit, Apollo 14, NASA (1990)

Albert Watson, Mick Jagger, Los Angeles (1992)

6 / 12 Albert Watson, Mick Jagger, Los Angeles (1992)

Albert Watson, Monkey with Gun, New York City (1992)

7 / 12 Albert Watson, Monkey with Gun, New York City (1992)

Albert Watson, Kate Moss, Marrakech, Morocco, (1993)

8 / 12 Albert Watson, Kate Moss, Marrakech, Morocco, (1993)

Albert Watson, Road to Nowhere, Las Vegas (2001)

9 / 12 Albert Watson, Road to Nowhere, Las Vegas (2001)

Albert Watson, Waris Ouarzazate (1993) Morocco

10 / 12 Albert Watson, Waris Ouarzazate (1993) Morocco

Albert Watson, Monkey With Mask (1992), New York City

11 / 12 Albert Watson, Monkey With Mask (1992), New York City

Albert Watson, Comédie Française (1989), Paris

12 / 12 Albert Watson, Comédie Française (1989), Paris


Albert Watson has created a range of work from audacious portraits of celebrities and indulgent fashion shoots, to the neon lights and desert landscapes of Las Vegas and intimate photographs of prisoners on death row in Louisiana.  The Fotografiska Museum in Sweden is currently featuring 120 photographs in a retrospective of Watson's life work (until 12 June).

A particular highlight of the exhibition is the 1973 black-and-white portrait of film director Alfred Hitchcock holding a dead goose for fashion magazine Harper's Bazaar: the photograph that shot Watson to fame.

Another photograph worth a close up is the understated portrait of Kate Moss, nude, on a rooftop in Marrakesh in 1993, for German Vogue. The original photograph was sold in 2007 at a Christie's auction in London for $100,000.

Watson believed that 'The bigger the personality, the simpler the photo.' With photographs of rock legend Mick Jagger and larger than life boxing champion Mike Tyson, there's plenty of material on display to test his theory. 

 

Albert Watson retrospective is on show until 12 June 2011.




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