What makes Albert Watson
one of the world’s most revered photographers
, hailed by peers, critics, and collectors alike? Is it his unparalleled celebrity portraits? Breathtaking landscapes? Sensual nudes, still lifes, illustrious fashion shoots?KAOS
presents a kaleidoscopic overview of Watson’s career
to date and the dazzling array of subjects, objects, people, and places he has encountered along the way. It is a skillfully curated survey of a uniquely diverse, dynamic portfolio
. From Watson’s breakthrough portrait of Alfred Hitchcock for the Christmas 1973 edition of Harper’s Bazaar
to a 2016 shot of Kanye West, each photograph reverberates with tightly coiled power, tension, and poetry
. Whether it’s a portrait of a Las Vegas dominatrix, Elvis’s gold suit, or a street scene in China, Watson excels in capturing the details seamlessly and probing its myriad depths. Along the way, his celebrity portraiture includes the likes of David Bowie, Jay Z, Mick Jagger, Michael Jackson, Jack Nicholson, Steve Jobs, and Andy Warhol
This remarkable collection is accompanied by an essay from former head of photographs at Christie’s, Philippe Garner
, extensive quotes from Watson, as well as dozens of previously unpublished Polaroids
, culled from Watson’s personal archives to provide unique insight into his photographic process and evolution. The result is a defining document of the “photographer’s photographer,”
iridescent in its graphic, often cinematic allure, and irresistible in its eclectic glory.
This Art Edition
comes with the signed print Prince, Cleveland, 2004
. After years in the commercial and critical doldrums, the late Prince was back with a smash tour and record Musicology
. Watson photographed him for Rolling Stone
magazine just before he went on stage in Cleveland. “He was one of those people who was explosive on stage, but in his personal life he was quite shy. But he was quite definite about what his look should be. I had built a little studio behind the stage and used a 4 x 5-inch camera,” says Watson. It’s a simple, unplugged composition of the iconic pop star
, positioned right in the center of the frame, with perfect interplay between his polka dot shirt and the duotone of the image.Art Edition (No. 1–50), with the signed print Prince, Cleveland, 2004, printed by Watson in his New York studio on MOAB Entrada Rag paper and with Watson’s “Monkey with Mask” photograph stamped on the reverse in India ink.
Also available as three other Art Editions of 50 copies each, with alternative signed prints, and as a signed Collector’s Edition (No. 201–1,200).