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, extensive quotes from Watson, as well as dozens of previously unpublished Polaroids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 King Casey, New York City, 1992
. “I had done an advertising job with the monkey, Casey, and the monkey and I bonded; the monkey loved me,” recalls Watson. “At one point I went to have a cup of tea and the trainer said, ‘Can you make Casey a cup of tea as well?’ So Casey and I sat at the table and had tea. After that, I put aside a day to do all these monkey pictures just as a personal project.” The image of the crowned Casey showcases all of Watson’s outstanding technical proficiency
and his unerring ability to reveal something about the soul of his subject.Art Edition (No. 51–100), with the signed print King Casey, New York City, 1992, 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).