TASCHEN Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of KAOS, an exhibition of photographs by Albert Watson coinciding with the release of a mammoth, faux-fur covered, signed and limited TASCHEN Collector’s Edition book of the same name.
Few photographers have a portfolio as dynamic or diverse as Albert Watson. Whether it is a portrait of a Las Vegas dominatrix, Elvis’s gold suit, a haunting Scottish landscape, or a chimpanzee, Watson excels in capturing the surface seamlessly and probing its myriad depths. His celebrity portraiture, including the likes of Mick Jagger, Kate Moss, Jack Nicholson, and Prince, reveals his unparalleled ability in capturing the private persona behind the iconic façade.
KAOS presents a compendium of Watson’s visionary prints from the past 40 years, showcasing the breadth, influence, and techniques of “the photographer’s photographer.” 33 prints will be on view which, following his inclusion in the feted group show Beauty CULTure in 2011 at the Annenburg Space for Photography, mark this his largest solo show mounted in Los Angeles since the mid-’90s.
With close to 100 Vogue covers worldwide and dozens of commercials and music videos to his credit, Watson continues to reign at the age of 75. His powerful concepts are realized
further in his New York studio where, as a master printer, he continues to work with silver halide papers as well as modern processes. Watson has personally printed and perfected all the prints on view. The photo industry bible, Photo District News, named Albert one of the 20 most influential photographers of all time, along with Irving Penn and Richard Avedon, among others.
Simultaneously, the gallery will also present a selection of photographic works from Galerie Bene Taschen (Cologne); a tribute to the extraordinary career of the legendary New York street photographer Arlene Gottfried, who died on August 8 this year age 66, as well as works from Gregory Bojorquez, Jamel Shabazz, Jeff Mermelstein and Joseph Rodriguez.
Albert Watson (b. 1942, Scotland) immigrated to the United States in 1970 and began his career primarily as a fashion photographer. His striking images have appeared in countless magazines through the decades, and he has created the photography for hundreds of successful ad campaigns for companies such as Prada, Revlon, and Chanel. All the while, he has spent much of his time working on personal projects from Marrakech to Las Vegas. His breakthrough came in 1973, with a shot he still considers the most important of his career: Alfred Hitchcock holding a plucked goose. Watson has won numerous honors, including a Lucie Award, a Grammy Award, three Andys, a Hasselblad Masters Award; and the Centenary Medal, a lifetime achievement award from the Royal Photographic
Society. Queen Elizabeth II awarded Watson an Order of the British Empire (OBE)
in June 2015 for his lifetime contribution to the art of photography.
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