“A Few Portraits” by Albert Watson
Opening Night, May 20, 2006
Written by Christina M Hinke
Exhibit Photos Courtesy of Albert Watson
Opening Night Photo Credits – Christina M. Hinke
It’s easy to see why Alfred Hitchcock was inspired to invite Albert Watson back home for tea after Watson finished his first photo shoot with the famed movie director. Watson’s jovial attitude and true passion for what he does is exhilarating. And Albert Watson’s private opening reception for his first solo show in New York at 401 Projects certainly had a packed house. The Scotsman himself was in attendance for the exhibit of thirteen of his eight foot by six foot prints (shot with an eight by ten camera) plus hundreds of never-before-seen Polaroids.
The larger-than-life prints highlight Watson’s
distinct quality of design and printmaking and the
choice of subjects certainly tells a story about
his jet-setting lifestyle. Three of the prints are
from his Las Vegas Series. Others peek at the time
he spent in his home in Marrakech. And of course,
there was the infamous image of Mick Jagger’s
face fused with that of a leopard. Watson’s
thirty-five year career as a fashion and commercial
photographer, shooting celebrities for magazines
such as Vogue and Rolling Stone, seems like an afterthought
after seeing these portraits. They are pure adrenaline.
Mick Jagger, Los Angeles, 1992
Mike Tyson, Catskills, New York, 1986
Tod Hotel, Las Vegas, 2000
Heel, Budget Suite, Las Vegas 2000
401 Projects opened
its doors in April with a show by Mark Seliger,
co-founder of 401 Projects and a fashion photographer
for magazines like Vanity Fair and GQ. Seliger wanted
to bring together the large community of photographers
in a non-commercial space that he hopes will be
a place to learn, socialize and inspire. Every show
will be coupled with a lecture series by the artist.
Albert Watson will personally talk about his photographs
on Thursday, June 8th, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. Admission
for the lecture is $5 and is free to members of
The Camera Club of New York.
401 Projects is located at 401 West St, between Charles St. and West 10th
St., and is open Wednesday through Sunday from 12:00
to 6:00 p.m.
For more information, log on to www.401projects.com.