Albert Watson

Quick Facts

NameAlbert Watson
OccupationFashion, celebrity, and art photographer
Notable WorksPortrait of Steve Jobs, Alfred Hitchcock holding a plucked goose, nude portrait of Kate Moss
Magazine CoversOver 100 covers of Vogue, 40 covers of Rolling Stone
Advertising CampaignsPrada, Chanel, Levi’s
ExhibitionsGalleries and museums worldwide
RecognitionNamed one of the 20 most influential photographers by Photo District News
AwardsLucie Award, Grammy Award, Hasselblad Masters Award, three ANDY Awards, Royal Photographic Society’s Centenary Medal, OBE
Early LifeBorn in Edinburgh, Scotland; grew up in Penicuik, Midlothian; attended Rudolf Steiner School and Lasswade High School
EducationStudied graphic design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design; film and television at Royal College of Art
DisabilityBlind in one eye since birth
Career StartMoved to the United States in 1970; began career in Los Angeles
First Major Job1970 test session for Max Factor
First Celebrity PortraitAlfred Hitchcock in 1973
Grammy AwardWon in 1975 for the cover of Mason Proffit’s album “Come and Gone”
Move to New York1976, marking the beginning of his prominent career
HonorsOrder of the British Empire (OBE) awarded by Queen Elizabeth II in 2015

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