Nick Knight (photographer)

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Nick Knight
Born London, England [1]
Nationality British
Known for fashion photography and film, documentary photography
Awards numerous
Website
www.showstudio.com
www.nickknight.com

Nick Knight OBE (born 1958) is a British fashion photographer, documentary photographer, and web publisher—as director of SHOWstudio.com.

Life and career[edit]

His first book of photographs, 'Skinheads', was published in 1982, whilst a student at Bournemouth.[2] He was then commissioned by i-D editor Terry Jones to create a series of 100 portraits for the magazine's fifth anniversary issue. As a result of those black-and-white portraits, his work caught the attention of art director Marc Ascoli, who commissioned Knight to shoot the 1986 catalogue of avant-garde Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto in collaboration with renowned graphic designer Peter Saville.[2] Since this first foray into fashion photography, he has shot both editorial and advertising projects for clients including Alexander McQueen, Audi, Calvin Klein, Christian Dior, Jil Sander, Lancôme, Levi Strauss, Martine Sitbon, Mercedes-Benz, Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House, Swarovski and Yves Saint Laurent.[2]

Knight directed his first music video in 2001, for the song "Pagan Poetry" by pop singer Björk.[3] In 2011 he directed the video for Lady Gaga's single "Born This Way".[4]

Launch of SHOWstudio.com[edit]

In November 2000, Knight launched SHOWstudio.com, an online fashion broadcasting company committed to pioneering, live fashion media.[2] SHOWstudio.com has broken new ground with its experimental interactive projects, films and live performances. Its collaborations with influential cultural figures, from Björk, Boy George, Lady Gaga, Gisele Bündchen, Kate Moss and John Galliano to Leigh Bowery, Heston Blumenthal and Antony & the Johnsons, are broadcast live.

Awards and exhibitions[edit]

Knight has won awards for his editorial work for Vogue, Dazed & Confused, i-D, The Face, W Magazine, Another Magazine, Arena Homme + and Visionaire, as well as for fashion and advertising projects such as the 2004 edition of the Pirelli Calendar. He has shot album covers for Björk, Elvis Costello and the Attractions, Boy George, David Bowie, Kylie Minogue, The Style Council, Lady Gaga, Paul Weller, Gwen Stefani, Cheryl Cole, Seal, ABC and Massive Attack, and has produced Nicknight (1994), a twelve year retrospective, and Flora (1997), a series of flower pictures, both published by Schirmer Mosel.

Knight's work has been exhibited at such international art institutions as the Victoria & Albert Museum, Saatchi Gallery, the Photographers' Gallery and Hayward Gallery. In 1993, he also produced a permanent installation, Plant Power, for the Natural History Museum in London.

Knight was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2010 Birthday Honours.[5]

Awards[edit]

2006
2001
  • 'Most Inspirational Photographer' & 'Most Admired Person in the Creative Industries' in the Ultimate League Table 2001, Creative Review
  • Terence Donovan Award by the Royal Photographic Society for major achievement in the previous year by a British photographer in the field of commercial, advertising or editorial work
2000
  • Gold Medal at New York Festival for 'Best Book for Car Literature' for CLCoupe work
  • 'Photographer of the Year' at Pantene Pro V Awards
1999
  • "Best Front Cover of the Year" for Dazed & Confused September 98 issue in the Total Publishing Magazine Design Awards
  • D&AD Silver Award for Most Outstanding Music Poster for Massive Attack album "Mezzanine"
  • Design Distinction award from International Design Magazine in USA for front cover of Visionaire 27 Movement
  • 'Fashion Photography (series) of the Year 99' for 'Handicapped in Fashion' for the Lead Photographie.99 - LeadAwards.99, Germany
  • Silver medal for 'CLCoupe print Advertisements' at the New York Festival
1998
1997
  • Royal Mail's "Stamp Innovation Award" for his photography of the Olympics Stamps 1996
  • "The Advertising Women of the New York Award" for the Vogue fashion story "Modern Curves" June 97
  • the D&AD Award for 'Best Photographic Campaign' for Levi's Red Tab 'OriginalWearers Campaign'
1995
  • Voted 'Most Influential fashion photographer in the World' by The Face magazine
1994
  • 'Best Studio Photographer' award at the International Festival De La Photo De Mode
1993
  • XYZ Design Award for best poster for the Natural History Museum - Plant Power
1992
  • Voted by GQ magazine as one of Britain's best dressed men
1991, 92
  • Awarded the Best Catalogue Award at the International Festival De La Photo De Mode for his two Jil Sander catalogues
1989
  • Halina Award for best young British Fashion photographer and 'Gold Award U.S.A. Best Magazine Fashion Story' for Faith for Arena Magazine
1988
  • 'Club Des Directors Artistique Award' for Best Luxury Goods Campaign for Christoffle Silverware and 'Expansion Magazine Awards - Most Successful Banking Campaign' for Barclays
1986
  • 'Magazine Publishing Award' for the i-D Magazine Back to School Fashion Story
1985, 87
  • Kodak U.K. Photographer Of The Year Award
1985
  • Awarded the Designers & Art Directors Award Best Book Cover for 'Skinheads'

Exhibitions[edit]

2009
  • SHOWstudio, FASHION REVOLUTION - exhibition at Somerset House, London
2002
  • ARCHEOLOGY OF ELEGANCE - Deichtorhallen Museum in Hamburg
  • TALKING TO MYSELF – exhibition on Yohji Yamamoto at La Masion Européenne de la Photographie, Paris
2001
2000
  • CUT – exhibition by the hairdresser Barnabee at Musee de la Mode, Paris.
  • CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF PHOTO DISTRICT NEWS Exhibition in New York.
  • IMPOSSIBLE IMAGE – To promote the book published by Phaidon Press, Exhibition in Japan
  • LA BEAUTE – Exhibition for EN2000, Avignon
  • FACING THE FUTURE' - Touring Exhibition to celebrate 20 years of The Face Magazine
  • 'DAS FERNGLAS' – at the Deutsche Hygiene Museum, Dresden
  • NADJA – Exhibition celebrating Nadja Auermann in Germany
  • 'IMPERFECT BEAUTY' – at the Victoria & Albert Museum
  • 'REVOLVER' – exhibition at the MTV Music Awards in Stockholm
  • 'NURTURE AND DESIRE' – exhibition on Breast cancer at the Hayward Gallery
1999
1998
  • LOOK AT ME - FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY 1965 TO PRESENT; a travelling exhibition put together by the British Council
  • powerhause::uk; an exhibition put together by the Dept Trade & Industry
  • THE ORIENTAL CURIOSITY - 21st CENTURY CHINOISERIE - travelled to London, Paris, Hong Kong
  • SHOREDITCH BIENNALE
  • HANDY SHORTS - at the Lux Cinema
  • THE FIRST 25, a retrospective exhibition of images from Visionaire magazine at Colette, Paris
  • ADDRESSING THE CENTURY: 100 YEARS OF ART & FASHION; exhibition at the Hayward Gallery
  • TABOO; an exhibition curated by Creative Review
  • NO SEX PLEASE WE'RE BRITISH; exhibition in Japan, organised by Shiseido Co Ltd with Dazed & Confused
  • YVES SAINT LAURENT - 40 YEARS OF CREATION; exhibition in New York and Tokyo
1997
  • CONTEMPORARY FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY - The Victoria & Albert Museum - the V&A have also bought pieces of Nick's work for their Photographic Print Collection
  • JAM - exhibition at the Barbican Arts Centre, London
  • LITTLE BOXES - a travelling exhibition curated by Michael Mack, in conjunction with the launch of his book 'Surface - Contemporary Photographic Practice'
1996
1994
1993
1992
  • Festival De La Photo De Mode Exhibition in Monaco
1991
  • Festival De La Photo De Mode Exhibition in Barcelona
1989
  • OUT OF FASHION at the Photographers Gallery
  • Ils Annoncent La Colour at the "Les Rencontres D'Arles" Group Exhibition - Holly Soloman Gallery New York
1986
1982
  • Group Exhibition 1982 at the Photographers Gallery

References[edit]

  1. ^ Who's Who: Nick Knight, Jo Craven (Vogue). April 21, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d Smyth, Diane (Winter 2009), "Nick Knight: Showman", Aperture (197): 68–75 
  3. ^ The Light of Love: The Making of the Pagan Poetry Video, Alien Rock (Bjork.com). 2002.
  4. ^ Montgomery, James (February 28, 2011). "Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' Video Premieres". Viacom. Retrieved March 20, 2011. 
  5. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 59446. p. 11. 12 June 2010.

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