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Albert Watson (born 1942) is a Scottish fashion
photographer, who writes and lectures on photography.
He was born in Edinburgh, the son of a physical
education teacher and a boxer. He grew up in Penicuik, Midlothian, and
attended the Rudolph Steiner School in Edinburgh and Lasswade High
School, followed study at the Duncan of Jordonstone College of Art in
Dundee and the Royal College of Art in London.
Watson's career began when he emigrated to the
U.S. in the early 1970s to set up studios in Los Angeles and New York.
Despite being blind in one eye, his success with fashion and popular
culture magazines such as Vogue, Rolling Stone, The Face, VIBE and
Newsweek is well documented and his work appears on covers of such major
magazines throughout the world practically on a daily basis. He acted as
photographer at the wedding of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson. He has
been involved in numerous advertising campaigns for leading cosmetics
and clothing companies such as Gap, Levi's, Revlon and Chanel, and has
directed more than 500 TV commercials. He also created his own work
during his travels around the world from Marrakech to Las Vegas
Watson has published books of his photography,
Cycl[ops] (1994) and Maroc (1998). His work was recognised through an
honorary degree from the University of Dundee in 1995 and his induction
into the Scottish Fashion Awards Hall of Fame in 2006. His first
exhibition, Frozen, was subsequently staged in the City Art Centre of
Edinburgh in 2006.