While Tim Walker took on this year’s Pirelli calendar with a reimagining of modern-day Alice in Wonderland, Scottish photographer Albert Watson was announced as the photographer chosen to do the 2019 edition of the renowned calendar.
In recent years, the tire producer has abandoned the ironic and sultry style of yesteryear for works of prestigious photographers such as Peter Lindbergh, Annie Leibovitz, Helmut Newton, Richard Avedon, or Steve McCurry. Pirelli hasn’t announced yet what would be the theme of the new calendar, but we can expect that the portraits by Watson will be refined and will play heavily with shadows and light.
In the rare case you haven’t heard of Albert Watson, he’s world known for his portraits of celebrities such as Tupac, Andy Warhol, David Bowie, Kate Moss, and Naomi Campbell in their youngest years, as well as for over 100 cover photos he shot for Vogue, GQ and Harper’s Bazaar, or the most famous photo of Steve Jobs. So, we’re pretty sure you’ve come already across some of his work.
Specializing in portraiture and fashion photography, Watson first began his training in art and design (which sharpened his visual style), later switched to cinema and television (which played a role in his mastery of lighting), and finally moved to New York and focused on photography. His portraits embody an entire era, and presently he works with the greatest publishers and editorial staff, from Rolling Stone to Time; he is the person behind over 100 major advertising campaigns and posters of cult films such as Kill Bill and Memoirs of a Geisha.
As an award-winning artist whose prolific work has been the subject of several books, he is now one of the 20 most influential photographers of his generation and has had many A-listers in front of his lens, which led to a personal archive of millions photos and negatives. We can’t wait for this collaboration see the light of day, but in the meantime enjoy some of his most famous portraits.
For our friends in the New York City area, please join us tonight for a reception to celebrate Albert Watson’s new book “Kaos” at the Taschen book store in Soho, 7-9pm. Albert took this photo of Andy Warhol in NYC in 1985, around the time the movie “The Terminator” came out. So, Andy asked Albert, tongue in cheek, “Can you make me look like Arnold in ‘The Terminator?’” This heroic shot was the result.
Albert Watson photograph “Steve Jobs, Cupertino, Calif., 2006.” Steve told Albert he was shocked he was still using film, not digital, during this shoot at Apple headquarters. Albert said he didn’t think digital could yet match the quality of film, and Steve said, “You might be right, but we’ll get there soon.”