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Albert Watson: SKYE

Hamiltons, London

Sat 7 Oct 2023 to Thu 16 Nov 2023

13 Carlos Place, W1K 2EU Albert Watson: SKYE

Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 11am-4pm

Artist: Albert Watson

Hamiltons presents the exhibition Albert Watson: SKYE from 7th October – 17th November. In honour of his first exhibition with the gallery in over a decade, the artist has chosen a selection of breath-taking landscapes from his ‘first fine art project’ shot in the photographer’s native Scotland.


Albert Watson, Quairaing, Skye, 2013

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His most personal project to date began in 2013 when he toured the island of Skye, working 12 hours a day for 5 weeks, inspiring him to create a series of other-worldly landscape photographs. Known to him since childhood, the island’s dramatic landscapes produced an inescapable magical quality that compelled him to produce a body of extraordinary photographs that he hoped would do more than simply document the landscape. Watson recalls, ‘I was terrified of coming to Skye and producing picture postcards. I wanted to create landscapes that were quite mysterious, I deliberately went in October and November because I was hoping for bad weather – and of course I got it. I find blue sky with white fluffy clouds deadly when it comes to creating a powerful landscape and I was looking for wind and rain and mist.'

These moody and surreal images are inspired by Victorian Romanticism, Impressionist painting, and the epic novels by J.R.R. Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings. An artist who has never settled down to one genre, Watson acknowledges that finding his style to translate into landscape photography is what he loves most. In order to obtain the kind of images he imagined, Watson needed to ‘dominate’ the landscape and slightly enhance it by using a distorted lens.

The making of this project was filmed by the BBC in 2017 as part of a series called ‘What Do Artists Do All Day’, which followed the photographer on the island for a week. The documentary is available to view online.

The exhibition consists of four oversized black and white works printed on linen, in addition to these will be a selection of smaller, archival pigment prints of jewel coloured landscapes.


Albert Watson OBE (born 1942 in Edinburgh) is a Scottish fashion, celebrity, and fine art photographer. Watson’s distinctive style, influenced through his background in graphic design caught the eye of many American and European fashion magazines, and, by the mid 1970’s he was one of the world’s most prolific photographers.

He has shot over 100 covers for Vogue, in addition to publishing images in countless publications, from Rolling Stone to TIME Magazine and Harper’s Bazaar. Watson’s distinctive style would then catch the eye of many American and European fashion magazines. Though blind in one eye since birth, Watson is known for his masterful manipulation of contrasts and delicate compositions. He uses the physical traits of the human body to create formal and sculptural images however interestingly Watson’s SKYE series is his first and only major project void of any human presence.

Watson has been awarded many honours, amongst them the Order of the British Empire for his contribution to photography by Queen Elizabeth II in 2015 and the Royal Photographic Society’s Centenary Medal and Honorary Fellowship in 2010.

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