Albert Watson. Kaos (TASCHEN). Available in:
1. Collector’s Edition (No. 201- 1,200), each numbered and signed by Albert Watson. Hardcover with faux chimpanzee fur fitting, in a leather clamshell box, 37.2 x 50 cm, 408 pages.
2. Art Edition C (No. 101–150), with the signed print Breaunna, Las Vegas, 2001, printed on archival paper by Watson in his studio.
3. Art Edition D (No. 151–200), with the signed print Kate Moss, Marrakech, 1993, printed on archival paper by Watson in his studio.
What makes Albert Watson one of the world’s most revered photographers, hailed by peers, critics, and collectors alike? KAOS presents a kaleidoscopic overview of Watson’s career to date and the dazzling array of subjects, objects, people, and places he has encountered along the way. From Watson’s breakthrough portrait of Alfred Hitchcock for the Christmas 1973 edition of Harper’s Bazaar to a 2016 shot of Kanye West, each photograph reverberates with tightly coiled power, tension, and poetry. Along the way, his celebrity portraiture, including the likes of David Bowie, Jay Z, Mick Jagger, Michael Jackson, Jack Nicholson, Steve Jobs, and Andy Warhol, shows a particular interest in the private person behind the iconic façade.
This remarkable collection is accompanied by an essay from the recently retired head of photographs at Christie’s, Philippe Garner, and extensive quotes from Watson, as well as dozens of previously unpublished Polaroids, culled from Watson’s personal archives.