Albert Watson is a Scottish photographer who has been taking pictures for over five decades. He is best known for his iconic portraits of celebrities, fashion models, and musicians.
Born in 1942 in Edinburgh, Scotland, Watson began his career as a photographer in the late 1960s. He initially worked as an assistant to fashion photographer David Bailey before launching his own career. His first major assignment was to photograph Mick Jagger for the cover of Rolling Stone magazine in 1971. This image became one of the most iconic photographs of the rock star and helped launch Watson's career.
Throughout his career, Watson has photographed some of the world's most famous faces including Alfred Hitchcock, Kate Moss, Jack Nicholson, and Madonna. His work has been featured in numerous magazines such as Vogue, Vanity Fair, and GQ. He has also published several books including "Albert Watson: Photographs" (1996) and "Albert Watson: Portraits" (2005).
In addition to his photography work, Watson has also directed music videos for artists such as U2 and David Bowie. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Edinburgh College of Art in 2006 and was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in 2012 for his services to photography.
Watson continues to work today from his studio in New York City where he lives with his wife and two children.