This year’s Master of Photography Nick Knight presented an exhibition of key works at Photo London that spanned the length and the breadth of his extraordinary career from the 1980s through to new pieces. Encompassing fashion, portraiture, still life, landscape and nude — across photography, film, painting and sculpture — the exhibition was an invitation to consider new ways of looking at the world.
For more than four decades Knight has been at the forefront of creativity in photography, constantly pushing the medium’s limits to explore its expressive potential. Renowned as one of the world’s most visionary and influential photographers, Knight has always challenged conventional ideals of beauty through images that are both transgressive and poetic.
His collaborations with designers, choreographers, editors, models and musicians inscribe a universe that is both dreamlike and revelatory, while his landscapes and still life images of the past decade aim to rewrite the processes of photography. It’s an oeuvre that is in dialogue with art history while being driven by the newest technological possibilities and a sensitivity that celebrates the now and the future.
‘My quest has always been to use photography to show me things I could not see,’ says Knight. ‘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. From politics to AI, I have been able to use the voice that photography gave me to present a vision of our future and find new ways of seeing the world. I would like to use this occasion to demonstrate my enthusiasm for the future of image-making, and how incredibly important it is to realise it’s our purpose to show the world not just who we are but also who we want to be.’…………………