Nick Knight is top of celebrity photographer wishlists. His has a reputation for pushing boundaries technically and creatively at every opportunity: resulting in three decades of innovative, startling and often controversial photography.
But Knight is more than just a ‘fashion and fabulous people’ photographer. He continually tackles conventional ideals of beauty: working on a range of controversial issues during his career – racism, disability, ageism, and more recently fat-ism. He believes his role as a photographer to be more than just reportage: “I don’t want to reflect social change – I want to cause social change.”
Knight’s latest exhibition shows ornate Renaissance-style compositions of bold floral arrangements, with their inks running and dripping as if the blooms are dissolving. To achieve this effect – he exposed the prints to heat and water during the printing process which results a unique hybrid of photography and painting. The blooms slightly spoiled by time and process – but still striking. A comment on beauty and age perhaps?
(images via Trendland)
The quote: “Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale. Her infinite variety.” is from William Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra“, Act 2 Scene 2. And is about Cleopatra.
Nick Knight’s quote drawn from: Jo Craven’s “Nick Knight Biography (Vogue.com UK).