Albert Watson is a true master of photography. From Alfred Hitchock to Kate Moss, he has not only photographed some of the most iconic people but has achieved many many unforgettable images. In his new book Creating Photographs (Laurence King Publishing), Watson not only shares many of those images, but he gives insight into specific photographs of his and how he took them.
Watson offers technical guidance and practical suggestions on how to break into the industry, as well as advice on everything from casting, locations and photoshop. But this is not a typical ‘manual’ of photography – far from it. It’s full of history and wisdom.
The first chapter is titled Learning From The Journey, and that journey is his. From the early days, before he was a photographer, Watson shares the story of his young family, college, career changes and the decisions he made on his journey to achieve success. His 50-year career took time to develop and his story is an inspiring one, regardless of whether you are a new photographer or well-established.
Unlike many photography books, which are often too commercial, technical and simply boring, once you pick this up and start reading, you don’t want to put it down. As well as a talented artist/photographer, Watson is an interesting human, a great storyteller and somebody you will likely want to learn more and more about.
Whilst he discusses camera formats, lenses, lighting and prints, he puts a strong emphasis on more human qualities including inspiration, attitude, dedication etc. He will give you food for thought and ask you to find the beauty in everything, then photograph it. ‘Surround yourself with good people,’ he says – easier said than done! But invaluable advice and something to never forget.
I was personally invigorated by Watson because it’s important to remember where your passions lie and what brought you here in the first place. I don’t want to say much more about the book because I want you to go read it yourself. Now. Buy it!
Words by Ian Cole, Editor-in-Chief
Available at www.laurenceking.com
(Top banner image credit: ‘Malcolm X’ fashion story, Harlem, New York City, 1992)
As featured in Client Magazine US #14, available in casebound hardcover, softcover & digital editions now