Nick Knight is among the most prominent and influential photographers of the last century and is the founder and director of award winning SHOWstudio.com, which pioneered fashion film, and is now the foremost provider of content within this realm. Knight was awarded the OBE in 2010 for his services to the arts. He was awarded an honorary PHD and made an honorary professor of the University of the Arts in 2014.
Knight’s recent series Roses from my Garden explores a new area of his photography. Referencing the hyperrealism of Dutch Still Life painting, the series adapts an almost painterly approach to the camera’s eye. At first soft, slow and opulent, the floral arrangements subvert the historical connotations of still life by filtering the photographs through an AI processor. Shot on an iPhone, the initial low-resolution of the photograph is enhanced as the AI fills in the missing information between pixels. The works appear to defy gravity, hanging in the liminal space of supreme clarity that the process produces. The series has been presented at Albion Barn, 2019, and at Waddesdon Manor, 2021.
As a fashion photographer, Knight has continuously explored the boundaries of photography, combatting traditional notions of beauty across his ground-breaking collaborations with designers such as Yohji Yamamoto, John Galliano, and Alexander McQueen. He has designed advertising campaigns for prestigious brands such as Burberry, Chanel, Fendi, Christian Dior, Lancôme, Swarovski, Tom Ford, Calvin Klein and Yves Saint Laurent, as well as award-winning editorials for W, British Vogue, Paris Vogue, Dazed & Confused, Another, Another Man and i-D magazine. The various and dynamic nature of these clients has consistently kept Knight at the forefront of image production, where he has remained for the past four decades. He has directed award winning music videos for Bjork, Lady Gaga and Kanye West.
His seminal first book of photographs Skinhead, published in 1982, examined the fashion of the ‘80s Skinhead movement. An unflinching and direct approach to youth attitude, Skinhead helps contextualise Knight’s work as countercultural in its approach to subject matter. The political and sensitive body of work won a DandDA award in 1996. He has since produced Nicknight, a twelve-year retrospective, Flora, a series of pressed flowers and plants from the Natural History Museum, both published by Schirmer Mosel and Nick Knight a retrospective monograph published by Harper Collins. His most recent publication, Roses with Albion Barn Publishing, accompanies his still life series Roses from my Garden. His work has been exhibited at such international art institutions as the Tate Modern, Victoria & Albert Museum, Saatchi Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, the Photographers' Gallery, Hayward Gallery and the Gagosian Gallery. In 1993, Knight produced a permanent installation, Plant Power, for the Natural History Museum in London which was on display for 15 years.