Nick Knight OBE (born 1958) is a British fashion photographer and founder and director of SHOWstudio.com. He is an honorary professor at University of the Arts London and was awarded an honorary Ph.D. by the same university. He has produced books of his work including retrospectives Nicknight (1994) and Nick Knight (2009). In 2016, Knight's 1992 campaign photograph for fashion brand Jil Sander was sold by Phillips auction house at the record-breaking price of HKD 2,360,000.
Life and career
Knight studied photography at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design and published his first book of photographs 'Skinhead' in 1982 when he was still a student at the school. He was then commissioned by i-D editor Terry Jones to create a series of portraits for magazine's fifth-anniversary issue. His work caught the attention of art director Marc Ascoli, who commissioned Knight to shoot the 1986 catalog of Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto in collaboration with Peter Saville.
In 1992 Knight took a year long break from fashion photography to work on an exhibition at Natural History Museum, London with the British architect David Chipperfield. The exhibition was called Plant Power and was on the theme of the relationship between humans and plants. The exhibition lasted for fifteen years.
He directed his first music video in 2001, for the song "Pagan Poetry" by Björk. In 2003, he created a film for Massive Attack's album 100th Window. In 2011 and 2013, Knight also directed the videos for Lady Gaga's single "Born This Way" and Kanye West's "Bound 2".
In 2016, he was commissioned to shoot official portraits of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles for the Queen's 90th birthday.
A few of Nick Knight's exhibitions are listed below:
Nick Knight, Christophe Guye Galerie, Zürich, Switzerland
Nick Knight: Image, Daelim Museum, Seoul, South Korea
History of Photography: The Body, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Great Britain
#techstyle, The Museum of Fine Art, Boston, United States of America
Vogue 100, National Portrait Gallery, London, Great Britain
Nick Knight, Christophe Guye Galerie Booth, Paris Photo, Paris, France
Vogue Like a Painting, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, Spain
Killer Heels, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Great Britain
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Great Britain
Nick Knight & Alexander McQueen, SHOWstudio Shop, London, Great Britain
Killer Heels, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn New York, United States
Photographs I Like: Darren Bader, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, United States