Nick Knight

Quick Facts

Full NameNicholas David Gordon Knight
Date of BirthNovember 24, 1958
Place of BirthLondon, England
EducationBournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design
Known ForFashion photography, film,
Career HighlightsFounder and director of, honorary professor at University of the Arts London, honorary Ph.D. recipient
BooksSkinhead (1982), Nicknight (1994), Nick Knight (2009)
Notable Works1992 campaign photograph for Jil Sander, portraits of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles for Queen’s 90th birthday
Music Video DirectingBjörk’s “Pagan Poetry” (2001), Massive Attack’s film for 100th Window (2003), Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” (2011), Kanye West’s “Bound 2” and “Black Skinhead” (2013)
Film DirectingKanye West’s Jesus Is King (2019)
Major Exhibitions“Plant Power” exhibition at the Natural History Museum, London (1992, lasted for fifteen years)
Significant CollaborationsJapanese designer Yohji Yamamoto (1986 catalog), Lady Gaga, Kanye West, Travis Scott
Awards and HonorsCommander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2023 Birthday Honours for services to fashion and photography
Record SaleTatjana Patitz for Jil Sander, 1992 (sold for HKD 2,360,000 by Phillips auction house in 2016)
Artistic StyleKnown for combining fashion photography with fine art elements
InnovationsA pioneer in the use of the internet for broadcasting fashion shows and creating interactive fashion media through
Signature Projects“The Queendom” campaign for Dom Perignon with Lady Gaga (2021), interludes for Lady Gaga’s 2022 Summer Stadium World Tour, The Chromatica Ball

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