The Photographer, Albert Watson, at Opiom Gallery, Cannes
Supermodels and beyond – a retrospective of the exquisite and amazingly varied works of Albert Watson. Bold, black and white images document the evolution of style and fashion royalty through the eighties until now. The qualities of the photographs themselves are inspiring, never mind the fame of the subjects. Like Brassaï before him, like Man Ray, Watson simultaneously carves an icon with each picture, whilst pushing into the soul of the sitter. This glimpse into the psyche comes even when one cannot see into the eyes.
From Alfred Hitchcock to David Bowie, from Morocco to Las Vegas…Opiom Gallery
The photos are breathtaking, yet we need to remember, if the themes seem familiar, it is because Albert Watson himself originated the stye. This is a step on the real ladder of photography. Instagrammers take note and inspiration. I once read somewhere that an image is one thing, commonplace on the internet, but a Photograph is something else altogether. Now I think I understand.
©Albert Watson – Sun and Henna, Marrakech, 1993
©Albert Watson – Christy Turlington Smoke
©Albert Watson – Naomi Campbell, Palm Springs, California, 1989
©Albert Watson – Sebastian in Issey Miyake, New York City 1989
© Albert Watson – Breaunna in a Cat Mask, Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, 2001
Each picture is characterized by a graphic purity typical of the artist’s sharpened eye. Through his lens, Watson strips his images to distill their essence, hence creating clear, intense shots which magnify their subject. Opiom Gallery