Nick Knight is among the world’s most influential and visionary
photographers. He has worked on a range of often controversial issues
during his career - from racism, disability, ageism, and more recently
fat-ism. He continually challenges conventional ideals of beauty.
Born in London in 1958, Knight studied photography at Bournemouth & Poole College of Art and Design. He graduated with a distinction in 1982. In 1985 his first book, Skinheads, won him the Designers and Art Directors Award for Best Book Cover. Yohji Yamamoto’s art director Marc Ascoli commissioned Knight for 12 successive catalogues in the late Eighties - at a time when Yamamoto campaigns were breaking new ground. Knight made fashion history in November 1993 by adapting ring-flash photography to capture Linda Evangelista for a landmark, post-grunge cover of British Vogue. Since then, his work has graced no fewer than 36 covers. He has shot advertising campaigns for Jil Sander, Louis Vuitton, Calvin Klein, Yves Saint Laurent, Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen and Christian Dior to name a few. He has also shot record covers for David Bowie, Paul Weller, George Michael and Massive Attack.
Knight’s work has been exhibited at institutions such as the Victoria & Albert Museum, Saatchi Gallery, The Photographers’ Gallery, the Hayward Gallery and recently the Tate Modern. He has produced a permanent installation, Plant Power, for the Natural History Museum in London. He was awarded the prestigious Moet Chandon Fashion Tribute for 2006. In 2010, he received an medal as Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of the contribution he has made to the arts over his illustrious career. Knight has also turned his hand to directing music videos - Pagean Poetry by Björk in 2001 being his first and, most recently, Kanye West’s Bound 2. He directed the video for Lady Gaga’s hit single Born This Way in 2011. Both the song and the video aimed to empower and show solidarity within minority groups, a common theme in Knight’s work.
College Diploma in Design, (Photography), Bournemouth & Poole College of Art & Design, Great Britain
Honorary Fellowship from Bournemouth & Poole College of Art and Design, Great Britain
Selected solo and group exhibitions
"Beyond Fashion" ArtisTree, Taikoo Place, Hong Kong
"Still" The Mass, Tokyo, Japan
"Vogue Like a Painting" Kunstforeningen GL STRAND, Copenhagen, Denmark
"Mystic Detectives" Samek Art Museum, Pennsylvania, USA
"If so, what?" Carrie Scott & Partners, Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, USA
"Celibatair Divas" Herkenrode Refuge, Belgium
"Vogue Like a Painting" Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul, South Korea
"Christian Dior, couturier du rêve" Musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris, France
„Nick Knight" Christophe Guye Galerie; Zürich, Switzerland
„Nick Knight: Image“ Daelim Museum, Seoul, South Korea
„History of Photography: The Body“ Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Great Britain
„#techstyle“ The Museum of Fine Art, Boston, United States of America
„Vogue 100" National Portrait Gallery, London, Great Britain
„Nick Knight" Christophe Guye Galerie Booth; Paris Photo, Paris, France
„Vogue Like a Painting" Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, Spain
„Killer Heels" Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Great Britain
„Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Great Britain
„Nick Knight & Alexander McQueen" SHOWstudio Shop, London, Great Britain
„Killer Heels" Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn New York, United States
„Photographs I Like: Darren Bader" Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, United States
„Flora" SHOWstudio Shop; London, Great Britain
„Death" SHOWstudio Shop; London, Great Britain
„Icons of Tomorrow – Contemporary Fashion Photography" Christophe Guye Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland
„Great Photographs: Scape" Hasted Kraeutler, New York, United States
„Vanity" Kunsthalle Vienna, Austria
„Fashion Revolution" Somerset House, London, Great Britain
„Archeology of Elegance" Deichtorhallen Museum, Hamburg, Germany
„Talking to Myself, Yohji Yamamoto" La Masion Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France
„Century City" Tate Modern, London, Great Britain
„CUT" (Exhibition By The Hairdresser Barnabee) Musee De La Mode, Paris, France
„Celebrating 100 Years of Photo District News" New York, United States
„Impossible Image" Phaidon Press Exhibition, Japan
„La Beaute" Exhibition For EN2000, Avignon, France
„Facing The Future" Touring Exhibition to Celebrate 20 Years of The Face Magazine
„Das Fernglas" The Deutsche Hygiene Museum, Dresden, Germany
„Nadja" Exhibition Celebrating Nadja Auermann, Germany
„Imperfect Beauty" Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Great Britain
„Revolver" MTV Music Awards Exhibition, Stockholm, Sweden
„Nurture and Desire" Hayward Gallery, London, Great Britain
„Look at me – Fashion Photography 1965 to Present" British Council Traveling Exhibition
powerhause::uk; Department of Trade and Industry
„The Oriental Curiosity – 21st Century Chinoiserie" Traveling exhibition, (London, Paris, Hong Kong)
„Shoreditch Biennale" London, Great Britain
„Handy Shorts" Lux Cinema, London, Great Britain
„The first 25" (retrospective exhibition of images from Visionaire magazine); Colette, Paris, France
„Addressing the Century: 100 Years of Art and Fashion" Hayward Gallery, London, Great Britain
„Taboo; Creative Review" London, Great Britain
„No Sex Please we’re British" Dazed & Confused, and Shiseido Co Ltd, Japan
„Yves Saint Laurent – 40 Years of Creation" New York, and Tokyo
„Silver & Syrup" Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Great Britain
„H20" Kobe Fashion Museum, Japan
„Contemporary Fashion Photography“ Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Great Britain
„JAM“ Barbican Gallery, London, Great Britain
Boxes“ (to accompany the launch of Michael Mack’s book, „Surface -
Contemporary. Photographic Practice“); Traveling exhibition curated
by Michael Mack
„Art/Fashion“ (with Alexander McQueen); Biennale di Firenze, Italy
„A Positive View“ Saatchi Gallery, London, Great Britain
„Vanities Exhibition“ Paris, France
„Plant Power“ (permanent exhibit); Natural History Museum, London, Great Britain
„Festival De La Photo De Mode Exhibition“ Monaco
„Festival De La Photo De Mode Exhibition“ Barcelona, Spain
„Out of Fashion“ Photographers Gallery, London, Great Britain
„Ils Annoncent La Colour“ at the Les Rencontres D’Arles Group Exhibition; Holly
„Solomon Gallery“ New York, United States
„20 For Today“ National Portrait Gallery, London, Great Britain
„14-21 Youth Culture Exhibition“ Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Great Britain
„Group Exhibition 1982“ Photographers Gallery, London, Great Britain
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2010 Royal Birthday Honours
Moët et Chandon Fashion Tribute.
„Most Inspirational Photographer“ & „Most Admired Person in the Creative Industries“ in the Ultimate League Table, 2001 - Creative Review
Terence Donovan Award for Major Achievement in the Previous Year by a British
Photographer in the field of Commercial, Advertising or Editorial work. – Royal Photographic Society
Silver Medal for Mercedes CL Coupe print advertisements. - New York Festival
Gold Medal for Best Book for Car Literature for Mercedes Coupe. - New York Festival
Best Front Cover of the Year for Dazed & Confused, Sept 98 issue. - Total Publishing Magazine Design Awards
Silver Award for Most Outstanding Music Poster, for Massive Attack, „Mezzanine“ D&AD Award
International Design Magazine (USA) Design Distinction Award for Front Cover of Visionaire 27 Movement
Fashion Photography (series) of the Year 99 for Handicapped in Fashion.
LeadPhotographie.99 - LeadAwards.99, Germany.
The Power of Photography Award
Royal Mail’s Stamp Innovation Award for Photography of 1996 Olympics Stamps
Advertising Women of New York Award for Modern Curves, Vogue, June ’97
Best Photographic Campaign, Levis Red Tab ‘Original Wearers’ D&AD Award
Voted „Most Influential Fashion Photographer in the World“ by Face Magazine
Best Studio Photographer Award - International Festival De La Photo De Mode.
Best Poster for The Natural History Museum, Plant Power - XYZ Design Award.
Best Catalogue Award - International Festival De La Photo De Mode.
Voted by GQ magazine as one of Britain’s Best Dressed Men.
Best Catalogue award for Jil Sander - International Festival De La Photo De Mode.
Award for Best Young British Fashion Photographer - Halina
Best Magazine Fashion Story for Faith, Arena Magazine - Gold Award U.S.A.
Best Luxury Goods Campaign for Christoffle Silverware - Club Des Directors Artistique
Photographer Of The Year - Kodak U.K.
Magazine Publishing Award for the I-D Magazine „Back to School“ Fashion Story
Best Book Cover Award for Skinheads. - Designers & Art Directors (D&AD)
Photographer Of The Year - Kodak U.K.
NICK KNIGHT; Harper Collins
Flora; Schirmer Mosel, (a series of flower pictures from the Natural History Museum’s herbarium)
Nick Knight; Schirmer Mosel, (a retrospective of work from 1982 to 1994)
Skinheads; Omnibus Press
Victoria & Albert Museum, London