Nick Knight featured as Master of Photography at Photo London 2022

This year’s Photo London Master of photography is Nick Knight whose extraordinary career has spanned more than four decades. He will be exhibiting images dating back to the 1980s as well as new pieces created this year. Not defined by a single genre of photography, Knight combines fashion, portraiture, still life, landscapes and nudity in his shoots which often challenge conventional beauty standards.

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During his career, Knight has worked with some of the biggest names in fashion including John Galliano, Christian Lacroix and Alexander McQueen. His shoots involve pioneering image-making techniques that dissolve the boundaries between different mediums and allow him to create work that’s outside the box of “normal photography.”

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Devon Aoki for Alexander McQueen (Image credit: Nick Knight – Photo London 2022)

Working with designers, choreographers, editors, models and musicians, Knight creates work that is dreamlike while his landscape and still life experiments with the fundamentals of photography by using the latest technologies and different materials. 

Works that will be on view include Knight’s Rose Photo where he photographed fresh cut flowers from his garden using an iPhone, processed them with groundbreaking AI technology to add pixels and then he blends the original image with the sharper image to create a picture that is half photo half painting.  Also on show will be a selection of works from the 80s, 90s and 2000s including the multi-figured image called Blade of Light which he created for Alexander McQueen in 2004. 

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Rose VI (Image credit: Nick Knight – Photo London 2022)

Talking about his photography, Knight says, “My quest has always been to use photography to show me things I could not see. Photography has been my passport into life, giving me access to people from all backgrounds and walks of life. The same skill set has allowed me to create films, sculptures, and now even virtual versions of our world and ourselves.”