Albert Watson

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Albert Watson Biography

The cyclops photographer. Born in 1942, Albert Watson has made his mark as one of the world’s most successful fashion and commercial photographers during the last four decades, while creating his own art along the way. He also writes and lectures on photography. He has published books of his photography such as Cycl[ops] in 1994 which is an obvious a reference to the fact that he is blind in one eye. He attended the Rudolph Steiner School in Edinburgh and studied at the Royal College of Art in London. Watson’s career began when he emigrated to the U.S. in the early 1970s to set up studios in Los Angeles and New York. Despite his success with fashion and popular culture magazines such as Vogue, Rolling Stone and Newsweek, he is well documented, and his work appears on covers of such major magazines throughout the world often. He had solo shows at the Museum of Modern Arts in Milan and has also been featured in many group shows in museums, including the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow and The International Center of Photography in New York. He acted as photographer at the wedding of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson. His work was recognized through an honorary degree from the University of Dundee in 1995 and his induction into the Scottish Fashion Awards Hall of Fame in 2006. His first exhibition, Frozen, was subsequently staged in the City Art Centre of Edinburgh in 2006. In February 2008 Watson did a solo gallery exhibition in London with just a dozen colour-saturated prints from this Shot in Vegas series. He is currently working on a book, due in 2010, reuniting all the pictures that he took in Las Vegas called “Shot in Vegas” and is making TV commercials with his Cyclops company – so aptly named because he sees through only one eye…