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Albert Watson Large Format photography with his 4×5 Horseman camera was what he was pretty well known for. Even doing a Levis campaign with a handheld 4×5
ALBERT WATSON – THE HORSEMAN YEARS
http://www.facebook.com/plugins/like.php?href=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.anatomyfilms.com%2Falbert-watson-horseman-years%2F&layout=standard&show_faces=false&width=450&action=like&colorscheme=lightAlbert Watson was born in 1942 in Scotland. Most thought of him as that guy who was doing large format fashion when most were using 35mm and medium format. Albert Watson Large Format photography. I know that didn’t hang on his studio door, but really he was even sometimes hand holding his 4×5 Horseman.
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Since I lived in the neighborhood, (decades later}, and my studio was just a couple of blocks away, I thought of him as the smartest, or luckiest, man in the world. He bought the building on Washington that housed his home and studio at a time when prices were depressed and the nearby Meatpacking District was exactly that, and inundated with transexual prostitutes. Today? The building is worth millions, and they built Industria next door, (one of the worlds premier rental studios), and the “Meatpacking District” is all poo-poo. (they even closed “Mother’s” and “Hogs and Heifers”,… my party place and my watering hole)
He has shot over 100’s of Vogue covers, and I think more covers for Rolling Stone than Annie Leibovitz. PDN named him one of the most influential photographers of all time! He studied at an art college in London, studying graphic arts and film. Part of his studies included photography.
Albert Watson Comes to America
His wife got a job in Los Angeles, so he followed her to America in 1970. Although his photography was mostly a hobby at that point, his very distinctive, graphic style was noticed by the fashion magazines. He started commuting between LA and NY. By 1973, he got his first celebrity shoot,…Alfred Hitchcock with a goose for the Christmas issue of Harper’s Bazaar’s. It became one of his iconic images.
In 1975, he received his first commission for Vogue, and subsequently moved to New York. While he did a lot of editorials, he was in great demand in advertising. Everything from Levis and Revlon to 100’s of TV commercials. All while a large-format Watson print of a Kate Moss photograph taken in 1993 sold at Christie’s in London for $108,000.
Albert Watson Large Format Photography
While he did on occasion use a Nikon early in his career, or Hasselblad during his career, the 4×5 Horseman usually trumped those in actual work. However, I don’t know why Horseman, as most of the “big” large format shooters at the time used Sinar,…or maybe Deardoff or Linhof. While the Horseman is a great camera, I don’t think it’s considered the Mercedes of cameras. I’m sure he could afford any camera he wanted.
And as of late, he has done a lot of solo retrospectives in high end galleries and museums worldwide. His books are a look into this Masters’ great iconic works, from Steve Jobs to Sade. BTW, Steve Jobs was still being done on 4×5 film in 2006.
A great career and a great artist. Albert Watson was inducted into the Scottish Fashion Awards Hall of Fame in 2006. Find Horseman 4×5
Ansel Adams is one of the most truly famous photographers that ever existed. Ask any truck driver who Mario Testino is, and he’ll look at you perplexed. (or Terry Richardson or Avedon, etc.) But ask them who Ansel Adams is, and they’ll say, “He was that photography guy.” My point being, you don’t have to be a photographer, or in the “industry” to know who Ansel Adams is. Hence, real fame.
He is best remembered as a master of black and white photography.And if they had the Sierra Club back then, he would have sat on the board of directors!. This is the man who invented the Zone System, still used to this day. The Zone System basically determined proper exposure of the negative and contrast of the final print. Adams was nothing if not the greatest teacher of the importance of sharpness and how to achieve it. And he loved his large format cameras and high f stops. He is also known for being a co-founder of Group f/64.
Sonnet XVIII Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate: Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer’s lease hath all too short a date: Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines, And often is his gold complexion dimm’d; And every fair from fair sometime declines, By chance or nature’s changing course untrimm’d; But thy eternal summer shall not fade, Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st; Nor shall Death brag thou wander’st in his shade, When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st: So long as men can breathe or eyes can see, So long lives this, and this gives life to thee. William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
Thou art more lovely and more temperate: Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer’s lease hath all too short a date
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines, And often is his gold complexion dimm’d; And every fair from fair sometime declines,
But thy eternal summer shall not fade, Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st; Nor shall Death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st: So long as men can breathe or eyes can see, So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
Sara Sani is Italian photographer and seems to have settled in Barcelona for the past few years.She always has her Contax G1 or Olympus MJU II with her.