Albert Watson

Albert Watson (1942)

Lives in New York. Works in New York.

Albert Watson (1942) is a Scottish photographer, based in New York. Watson is particularly famous for his iconic celebrity, fashion and art photography. His work is featured in galleries and museums worldwide. Watson is ranked among the most influential and succesful photographers of all time. Through the wide variety and diversity of his images an effortless versatility is reflected, yet they are always identifiable as Albert Watson photographs by their visual impact and technical virtuosity. The power of Watson lies in his ability to capture and convey his interest in what he sees, be it fashion, nature or a movie star. Watson has been photographing for over 40 years, working for the biggest magazines in the world, like Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Rolling Stone, as well as ad campaigns for world-renowned brands. He has won many awards during his career and even received the Order of the British Empire from Queen Elizabeth II in 2015. Throughout his career, Watson has also dedicated a big part of his time in producing a big collection of non-commissioned fine art. His work has been exhibited in numerous exhibitions worldwide and has been included in numerous international private and public collections.

Kahmann Gallery
Amsterdam - Nederland
Kahmann Gallery presents: Albert Watson
Kahmann Gallery presents: Albert Watson
Albert Watson is followed for a day while working on the Scottish Isle of Skye for the BBC documentary 'What do artists do all day?' (2014).
Albert Watson's advice to young photographers
Albert Watson is followed for a day while working on the Scottish Isle of Skye for the BBC documentary 'What do artists do all day?' (2014).

Exhibitions with work from Albert Watson

Market position

Albert Watson's work is very much in demand at (photography) auctions and at fairs. Watson has made a number of iconic photos, which include the famous portrait of Steve Jobs which was featured on the cover of his autobiography, but also the most famous nude portrait of Kate Moss. He is also known for the exceptional quality of his prints and the strictness of his editions.

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Solo Exhibitions 2019 Albert Watson “Wild,” Kyotographie Photography Festival, Kyoto, Japan 2019 Albert Watson, “Dreaming,” Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow 2018 Albert Watson, “Dreamscape,” Izzy Gallery, Toronto 2018 Albert Watson: “Fashion Portraits and Landscapes,” Museum di Palazzo dei Pio, Carpi, Italy 2017 Albert Watson: “Two Faces of Janus:” Lianzhou Museum of Photography, China 2017 “KAOS,” by Albert Watson, Taschen Gallery, Los Angeles 2017 “Albert Watson, Best of,” Fotografiska, Stockholm, Sweden 2017 Albert Watson “Greatest Hits,” Palm Beach Photographic Center, Palm Beach, Florida. Exhibition for FOTOFusion in conjunction with Lifetime Achievement Award from the center. 2016 Albert Watson: “KAOS,” St. Moritz Art Masters, St. Moritz, Switzerland 2015 Albert Watson: “’ROIDS!” Christophe Guye Gallery, Zurich 2015 Albert Watson: Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow, Russia 2015 Albert Watson: “Silver Linings,” Izzy Gallery, Toronto 2014 Albert Watson: “Silver Linings,” Young Gallery, Brussels 2014 Albert Watson “Classics,” Qvale Gallery, Oslo, Norway 2012-13 Albert Watson “Visions,” Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany 2012 Albert Watson, “Maroc,” Flo Peters Gallery, Hamburg 2012 Albert Watson: Vintage Photographs, Hasted Kraeutler, New York 2012 Albert Watson: Archive, Izzy Gallery, Toronto 2011 Albert Watson: Exposed, Acte2 Galerie, Paris 2011 Albert Watson - I Observe, Kahmann Gallery, Amsterdam 2011 Albert Watson, Fotografiska, Stockholm 2010 Vintage Watson, Hamiltons, London 2010 Albert Watson, Flo Peters Gallery, Hamburg 2010 UFO: Unified Fashion Objectives Young Gallery, Bruxelles 2010 UFO: Unified Fashion Objectives, Hartmann Gallery, Barcelona 2009 Best of Albert Watson, NRW-Forum Kultur und Wirtschaft, Düsseldorf 2009 Albert Watson, Forma Galleria, Milan 2009 Albert Watson, Brucie Collections Gallery, Kiev 2008 Albert Watson, Camera Work, Berlin 2008 Miss Beehayving, Hamiltons, London 2007 Frozen, Museum voor Fotografie, Antwerp 2006 Frozen, City Art Centre of Edinburgh 2005 Frozen, KunstHausWien, Vienna 2004 Frozen, Rotonda di via Besana, Milan Selection of Group Exhibitions 2019 “Thierry Mugler: Courturissime,” Montreal Museum of Fine Arts 2018 Artist Complex: Photographic Portraits from Frida Kahlo to Pablo Picasso, Berlin Museum of Photography 2016 Who Shot Sports, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY 2016 Vogue 100: A Century of Style, National Portrait Gallery, London 2014 Coming into Fashion, Pallais Galliera, Paris 2013 High Art: A Decade of Collecting, the Smithsonian, Washington, D.C. 2013 Beauty in the 21st Century, Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow 2012 Timeless Beauty, 100 Years of Fashion Photography, C/O Berlin 2011 Traummänner, Haus der Photographie/ Deichtorhallen Hamburg 2011 Beauty CULTure, Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles 2010 Colleziona 2010 La scena e il sogno delle fotografie - Forma - Centro 2009 Who Shot Rock, Brooklyn Museum 2009 Internazionale di Fotografia, Milan 2009 The Model as Muse, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 2008 Traumfrauen, Haus der Photographie/ Deichtorhallen Hamburg 2008 Blind Date, National Portrait Gallery, London; International Center of Photography, New York; Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow Publications 2017 Kaos, Taschen 2010 Strip Search, PQ Blackwell/Chronicle 2010 UFO: Unified Fashion Objectives, PQ Blackwell/Abrams 2007 Albert Watson, Phaidon 2005 The Vienna Album, Schirmer/Mosel 1998 Maroc, Rizzoli 1996 Mad Dog, Schirmer/Mosel 1994 Cyclops, Bulfinch Press Awards 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award, Palm Beach Photographic Center. 2016 Cartier Lifetime Achievement Award, St. Moritz Art Masters 2015 Order of the British Empire (OBE), Queen Elizabeth II 2012 Platinum Award, 100 Best in Photography, Graphis 2010 Centenary Medal, Lifetime Achievement Award, Royal Photographic Society 2008 Hasselblad Masters Award 2006 Lucie Award, Outstanding Achievement in Advertising Photography 2006 Scottish Fashion Awards Hall of Fame 2004 Named One of the 20 Most Influential Photographers of All Time, Photo District News 1989 ANDY Award, Best Editorial Photography 1983 ANDY Award, Best Advertising Photography 1980 ANDY Award, Best Editorial Photography 1975 Grammy Award for best album cover art, Mason Proffit, “Come and Gone”