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