Albert Watson’s new monograph, Strip Search, a two-volume set set to be released in December 2010 from PQ Blackwell. Despite being one of the world’s most sought after photographers, Albert Watson devotes much of his time to extensive personal projects. Five years in the making, Strip Search is a spectacular portrait of Las Vegas as seen through the lens of a legendary photographic artist. Over 250 remarkable landscapes, dazzling interiors and mesmerizing portraits, interspersed with dramatic reportage-style images, create a unique and visually stunning portrayal of one of the world’s most mysterious and sexiest cities.
Albert Watson has made his mark as one of the world’s most successful fashion and commercial photographers during the last four decades, while creating his own art along the way. Over the years, his striking images have appeared on more than 100 covers of Vogue around the world and been featured in countless other publications, from Rolling Stone to Time to Vibe. Watson also has created the photography for hundreds of successful ad campaigns for major companies, such as Prada, the Gap, IBM, Levi’s, Revlon and Chanel, and he has directed more than 200 TV commercials and shot dozens of posters for major Hollywood movies. All the while, Watson has spent much of his time working on personal projects, creating stunning images from his travels and interests, from Marrakech to Las Vegas to the Orkneys.
Watson has always been a workaholic. The archives at his studio in Manhattan are filled with tens of thousands of images and negatives, on which world-famous magazines and companies can be read. His studio, also used as a personal gallery, is filled with extraordinarily large-format photographs taken in Las Vegas. At first glance these landscapes, interiors and portraits take the viewer by surprise with their soft, filtered range of colors. But even in his new creations, Watson stays true to himself. The photographs create an aura that takes the viewer into the image but simultaneously demands a reverent distance. This single-minded commitment to perfection has made Albert one of the world’s most sought-after photographers.
Road to Nowhere, Outside Las Vegas, 2001
Motorcycle in Flower Bush, Charleston Boulevard, 2000
Breaunna on Bed, Las Vegas Hilton, 2001
“Adult Movies” Sign, 2001
Heel on Stovetop, Budget Suites of America, 2000
Ambassador East Motel, 2001
Breaunna Legs, Budget Suites of America, 2000
Breaunna in Cat Mask, Las Vegas Hilton, 2001
Electrical Pylons, Roads Yet to Be Named, Outside Las Vegas, 2001
Sign Off Interstate 15, Clark County, Nevada, 2001
Victoria Rudin, Las Vegas Shakedown, Gold Coast Hotel & Casino, 2000