Leg­endary pho­tog­ra­pher Al­bert Wat­son talks us through some of his most iconic por­traits

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From nude pho­to­graphs of a 19-year-old Kate Moss on a Mo­roc­can beach to iconic im­ages of Al­fred Hitch­cock hold­ing a plucked goose, Scot­tish pho­tog­ra­pher Al­bert Wat­son has been cap­tur­ing – and shap­ing – pop cul­ture for four decades. Given his first cam­era by his wife El­iz­a­beth in 1964, Wat­son went on to shoot more than 100 Vogue cov­ers, sold that Moss nude for $25,000 and has ‘been think­ing pho­to­graphs ev­ery day for over 40 years’, he says. To mark the re­lease of his new book, he talks us through his most mem­o­rable pic­tures.

MICK JAG­GER AND KEITH RICHARDS NEW YORK, 1989 Keith and Mick weren’t par­tic­u­larly happy on the day of the shoot – they were kind of speak­ing but not speak­ing. I’d been sent to pho­to­graph the band for Rolling Stone, but asked if I could take a pic­ture of the two of them. They were lean­ing against a bench and I said, ‘You must have some­thing to dis­cuss. You chat while I shoot.’ They did talk but it sounded more like a busi­ness meet­ing; they dis­cussed their next tour. But in the end, the re­la­tion­ship be­tween them helped the pic­ture. It’s bet­ter than hav­ing it all lovey-dovey.

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