Albert Watson’s Iconic Photographs Of 18-Year Old Kate Moss
In his recent series ‘ROIDS! (short for “Polaroids”), Albert Watson revisited the original Polaroids from some of his favorite photoshoots and enlarged them into large-format prints, unretouched maintaining all of their original patina and charm. The present lot, Kate Moss, Marrakech, 1993 emerged from Watson’s reexamination of these classic images. Combing through his collection of Polaroids, Watson rediscovered the original negative emulsion side of the Kate Moss print, and decided to use this highly unusual, typically discarded negative as the basis for the stunning print. Uniquely toned and transformed across printing processes, this striking portrait represents Watson’s deep love and exploration into all that the medium of photography has to offer. This print is a unique artist’s proof from a sold out edition.
—Courtesy of Phillips
This print is AP 1 from an edition of 7 plus 1 artist's proof.
Signature: signed, titled, dated, numbered AP and annotated in ink on a label affixed to the reverse of the frame.
Phaidon, Albert Watson, p. 87, variant
Sony, Frozen: A Retrospective, by Albert Watson, pl. 83, variant
Acquired directly from the artist
Blind in one eye, Albert Watson studied graphic design prior to becoming a photographer. His manipulation of contrast and superior sense of composition distinguish his portraits of celebrities and models. With an emphasis on the formal and sculptural properties of his sitters' bodies, Watson's images have not only appeared in numerous American and European fashion magazines but also in museum and gallery exhibitions. In his famous nude photographs of Kate Moss taken on her 18th birthday in 1993, the model's spine pokes through the skin of her curved back, like the scales of a dinosaur, while the right side of her body is entirely shaded. In a 1989 portrait, Naomi Campbell's head is silhouetted against a gray surface, while her bare shoulders and the arch of her back are illuminated. In 2010 he was awarded the Royal Photographic Society's Centenary Medal and Honorary Fellowship.
British, b. 1942