Albert Watson (Scottish, b.1942) is a well-known fashion and commercial photographer whose images have appeared in publications such as Rolling Stone, Vogue, and Harper’s Bazaar. Born in Edinburgh, Watson received a degree in film and television from the Royal College of Art in London, before moving to Los Angeles in 1970. He quickly found work as a photographer after meeting art director Max Factor, who offered the artist his first test session. Watson’s unique approach to fashion portraits eventually caught the attention of American and European fashion magazines. In 1976, he landed his first job for Vogue, and resettled in New York in the same year.

Watson has produced photographs for hundreds of successful advertising campaigns for international brands, such as Prada, the Gap, Levi’s, Revlon, and Chanel, and he has directed TV commercials and shot posters for major Hollywood films.

In addition to his numerous commissions, Watson also pursues his own projects, and has published books that include Strip Search on the Las Vegas Strip and UFO: Untitled Fashion Objects. He has held solo and group exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in Milan, Italy; the KunstHausWien in Vienna, Austria; the City Art Centre in Edinburgh; the FotoMuseum in Antwerp, Belgium; the NRW Forum in Dusseldorf, Germany; the Forma Galleria in Milan; Fotografiska in Stockholm; Hamiltons Gallery, London; the National Portrait Gallery in London; The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow; the International Center of Photography in New York; the Brooklyn Museum; and the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg, Germany.


Born in Edinburgh, Scotland
Moves to the United States with wife Elizabeth, and begins shooting photos, mostly as a hobby
Grammy Award for the photography on the cover of the Mason Profitt album “Come and Gone”
Moves to New York, and starts his first job for Vogue magazine
ANDY award, Best Editorial Photography
ANDY award, Best Advertising Photography
ANDY award, Best Editorial Photography
Scottish Fashion Awards Hall of Fame
Lucie Award, Outstanding Achievement in Advertising Photography
Named one of the 20 most influential photographers of all time by Photo District News, along with Richard Avedon and Irving Penn, among others
Centenary Medal, The Royal Photographic Society, London, England
Currently lives and works in New York, NY


Albert Watson: Visions and Memories feat. Faces of Africa, Hamburg, Germany (solo)
Albert Watson: Visions, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany (solo)
Great Photographs: Scape, Hasted Kraeutler, New York, USA
The Expression of Identity, St. Moritz Art Masters, St. Moritz, Switzerland
Beauty Culture, Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles, USA
Fashion: The Story of a Lifetime, Noorderlicht Gallery, The Netherlands
Femininity 0.1, Maison Particuliere Art Center, Brussels, Belgium
Albert Watson : Exposed, Acte2 Gallery, Paris, France (solo)
Albert Watson: Exposed, Acte2 Gallery, Paris, France (solo)
Albert Watson, Kahmann Gallery, The Netherlands (solo)
Albert Watson, Nordic Light International Festival of Photography, Kristiansund, Norway (solo)
Albert Watson, Swedish Museum of Photography, Stockholm, Sweden (solo)
Fashion: Story of a Lifetime, The Empty Quarter, Dubai, UAE
Albert Watson, Hasted Kraeutler Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
The Best of Albert Watson, Photographers Limited Editions, Vienna, Austria (solo)
Albert Watson: Retrospektive, Flo Peters Gallery, Hamburg, Germany (solo)
UFO: Unified Fashion Objectives, Hartmann Gallery, Barcelona, Spain (solo)
UFO: Unified Fashion Objectives, Young Gallery, Brussels, Belgium (solo)
Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, USA
The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
Albert Watson, Tres Hombres Art, Halmstad, Sweden (solo)
Best of Albert Watson (A Retrospective), NRW-Forum, Düsseldorf, Germany (solo)
Albert Watson, Camera Work, Berlin, Germany (solo)
Miss Beehayving: Albert Watson, Hamiltons Gallery, London, England (solo)
Contact: Albert Watson, Galería Hartmann, Barcelona, Spain (solo)
Blind Date, Photography Monika Mohr Galerie, Hamburg, Germany
Dreamwomen: Beauty in the 21st century, Haus de Photographie/Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Fashion: 9 decades of fashion photography, Camera Work, Berlin, Germany
Albert Watson: Frozen, FotoMuseum, Antwerpen, Belgium (solo)
Albert Watson: Retrospective, Acte2galerie, Paris, France (solo)
Albert Watson, Young Gallery, Brussels, Belgium (solo)
Individuals: 20 Portraits from the GAP Collection, National Portrait Gallery, London, England
L’Art Comme Univers, Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, Russia
A Few Portraits, 401 Projects, New York, USA (solo)
Albert Watson: Frozen, City Art Centre, Edinburgh, Scotland (solo)
Albert Watson: Frozen - A Retrospective, Kunst Haus Wien, Vienna, Austria (solo)
Frozen: A Retrospective by Albert Watson, Rotonda di Via Besana, Milan, Italy (solo)
Albert Watson, Kunsthalle Rostock, Rostock, Germany (solo)
Albert Watson: Mad Dog, Photography Monika Mohr Galerie, Hamburg, Germany (solo)
Mad Dog, Art Society for the Rhinelands and Westphalia, Düsseldorf, Germany; Art Gallery 'Am Tunnel', Banque et Caisse d'Epargne de l'Etat, Luxembourg (solo)


'Strip Search: Las Vegas,' PQ Blackwell. Auckland, New Zealand
'UFO: Unified Fashion Objectives,' PQ Blackwell/Harry N Abrams.
'Albert Watson: Frozen,' FotoMuseum. Antwerpen, Belgium.
'Albert Watson: 10 Photographs,' Young Gallery. Brussels, Belgium.
Watson, Albert, James Crump. 'Albert Watson,' Phaidon Press. New York and London.
'Albert Watson - Stern Fotografie,' Stern. Hamburg, Germany.
Watson, Albert, Michele Schons. 'Albert Watson,' Schirmer/Mosel. Munich, Germany.
Watson, Albert. 'Maroc,' Rizzoli. New York, New York.
Stecker, Raimund, ed. 'Mad Dog,' Schirmer/Mosel. Munich, Germany.
Watson, Albert, Jeff Koons, and Laurie Kratochvil; James Truman, intro. 'Cyclops,' Little, Brown. Boston, Massachusetts.