Albert Watson

Albert Watson was born 1942 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

He currently lives and works in New York. A student of the famous Royal College of Art in London Albert Watson (born 1942) is a Scottish photographer well known for his fashion, celebrity, and art photography, having shot over 200 Vogue and 40 Rolling Stone covers since the mid-1970s. His photographs are signature, classical, and bold, and in our world of manipulation, Watson prefers the enlargers and the trays; an artist who greatly enriches our perception with his unique photographic view.  Photo District News named Watson one of the 20 most influential photographers of all time, along with Richard Avedon and Irving Penn, among others.

Presented in prestigious galleries and museums worldwide Watson has won numerous awards, including a Lucie Award, a Grammy Award, the Hasselblad Masters Award, and three ANDY Awards. He was awarded The Royal Photographic Society's Centenary Medal and Honorary Fellowship (HonFRPS) in recognition of a sustained, significant contribution to the art of photography in 2010.



Studies graphic design at the Duncan Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee, Scotland

Studies film and television at the Royal College of Art, London, Great Britain


Moves to the USA and opens his first studio in L.A.


Opens studio in New York


First job for Vogue; moves to New York full time

Selected solo exhibitions


"Fashion Portraits and Landscapes" Palazzo dei Pio, Italy 


"Kaos" Opio’m Gallery, Opio, France


„ROIDS!“ Christophe Guye Galerie, Zurich

Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow, Russia
„Silver Linings“ Izzy Gallery, Toronto, Canada

„Silver Linings“ Young Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
„Classics“ Qvale Gallery, Oslo, Norway

„14 Days in Benin“ Rautenstrauch Joest Museum, Cologne, Germany
„Visions“ Deichtorhallen, Hamburg Germany

„Vintage“ Cyclops Hasted Kraeutler Gallery, New York, United States

„Visions“ Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany

„Albert Watson in Morocco“ Flo Peters Gallery, Hamburg, Germany
„Albert Watson Archive
“ Izzy Gallery, Toronto, Canada
„Timeless Beauty“ C/O, Berlin, Germany
„Camera Work: Color Photography“ CWC Gallery, Berlin, Germany
„The expression of Identity“ St. Moritz Art Masters, St Moritz, Switzerland
„Treat Photographs: Sacpe“ Hasteds Krautler Gallery, New York, United States
„Hamilton 'Modern Masters'“ London, Great Britain
„Icons of tomorrow“ Christophe Guye Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland
Galerie de l'aimance Casblanca, Morocco

„Exposed“ Galerie ACTE 2, Paris, France
„I observe – Retrospective“ KAHMANN Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Fotografiska Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
„UFO– Unified Fashion Objectives“ A.Galerie, Paris, France
„Vintage Watson“ Hamiltons, London, England

„Albert Watson Hasted Kraeutler“ NYC, United States
„Retrospektive – Albert Watson“ Flo Peters Gallery, Hamburg, Germany
„UFO – Unified Fashion Objectives“ Galería Hartmann, Barcelona, Spain
Young Gallery, Brüssel, Belgium

„„The white rabbit“ Fondazione FORMA per la Fotografia, Milan, Italy
„Albert Watson“ CAMERA WORK, Berlin, Germany
„Best Of – Albert Watson“ NRW-Forum Kultur und Wirtschaft, Düsseldorf, Germany

„Contact“ Galería Hartmann, Barcelona, Spain
„Miss Beehayving“ Hamiltons, London, England

„rétrospective“ Galerie ACTE 2, Paris, France
„Albert Watson“ Young Gallery, Brüssel, Belgium
„Epic“ Guy Hepner Contemporary, Los Angeles, United States
„Frozen“ Photo Museum Antwerp, Antwerpen, Belgium
Haus der Kunst, Wien, Austria
„A Few Portraits“ 401 Projects, New York, United States

Selected group exhibitions

„Coming into Fashion“ Pallais Galliera, Paris, France

„High Art: A Decade of Collectin“ the Smithsonian, Washington D.C. United States
„Beauty in the 21st Century“ Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow, Russia

„Icons of Tomorrow“ Christophe Guye Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland
„Timeless beauty“ c/o Berlin, Germany
„Camera Work: Color Photography“ Camera Work Gallery, Berlin, Germany
„Great photographs: Scape“ Hasted kraeutler, NYC, United States
„Modern Masters Hamiltons“ London, Great Britain

„Traummänner – Starfotografen zeigen ihre Vision vom Ideal“  Haus der Photographie / Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany
„BEAUTY CULTURE“ The Annenberg Space for Photography, L.A. United States

„Fashion – the story of a lifetime“ The Empty Quarter Gallery, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
„A Positive View – The Third Edition“ Somerset House, London, Great Britain

„Colleziona 2010“ Fondazione FORMA per la Fotografia, Milan, Italy

„Fashion is big“ Holden Luntz Gallery, Palm Beach Florida, United States

„FASHION – 9 decades of fashion photography“ CAMERA WORK, Berlin, Germany
„Traum Frauen – 50 Starfotografen zeigen ihre Vision von Schönheit“
Haus der Photographie / Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany
„Blind Date Photography“ Monika Mohr Galerie, Hamburg, Germany

„Individuals: 20 Portraits from the GAP Collection Herb Ritts“ Annie Leibovitz, Albert „Watson“ National Portrait Gallery, London, Great Britain

„Summer in the City 06 – Passion for Fashion!“ Galerie Wouter van Leeuwen, Amsterdam, Netherlands
„Nudes Photography“ Monika Mohr Galerie, Hamburg, Germany

„Property of a Collector“ Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery, Dallas, United States

„Focus : Faces Photography“ Monika Mohr Galerie, Hamburg, Germany

„Rolling Stones“ CAMERA WORK, Berlin, Germany



Centenary Medal, an award for his lifework of the Royal Photographic Society


Lucie Award


Hasselblad Masters Award


ANDY Award


Grammy Award for the best Design of LP Cover


GAP Collection
Edinburgh City Art Centre Colllection, Edinburgh
Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, New York
National Portait Gallery, London
The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh