NICK NIGHT: WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF A FUTURISTIC AND FANCY FASHION SHOT
Nick Knight is associated with fashion-photos, moreover, it is inextricably linked with the fashion world. But the photographer can not be called “one of.” In contrast to the pictures of many figures of this direction, his works are distinguished by innovation and non-standard. Pictures of Knight are amazing. It does not reflect trends, it sets them.
The future cult photographer began his career, like many, with a simple hobby of photography. It helped him to impress the beautiful floor.
Nick was born in London on November 24, 1958. His family adhered to very democratic views on the upbringing of children, so the boy always felt the support of his parents in all his undertakings.
Knight’s mother was a physiotherapist, and her father was a psychologist, which influenced the level of freethinking in the family. Already in adolescence in the guy awake rebellious spirit. His protest against the “totalitarian” school system was expressed in thoughts, behavior, appearance. Nick despised the form, wore defiantly long hair and used make-up. Later, his hairstyle will change, and he will join the ranks of skinheads popular in the 70s. In England of those years, the skinheads subculture had nothing to do with racial hostility, but expressed only contempt for the bourgeoisie and the hypocrisy of society.
By the end of school, Knight clearly understood that his passion for photography and the lack of abilities in the natural sciences, eradicated all initial hopes for a medical career. The young man chose Bournemouth and Poole – a college of design and the arts. In 1980, the final work of Nick was a selection of monochrome portraits of his skinhead friends, and after 2 years she left a separate photo book.
This is the starting point for Knight’s successful career. Robin Derrick – an influential person in the fashion publishing industry, at that time the creative director of i-D magazine, drew attention to the work of “Skinheads”. She liked Derrick so much that he ordered the young talent a hundred black and white portraits to be placed in the anniversary issue of the magazine. Nick masterfully coped with the task, which greatly impressed Mark Ascoli, art director of the publication. In 1986, he personally invites Knight to collaborate with Yoji Yamamoto. Nick had to remove the catalog of the designer with the participation of Naomi Campbell. In the process, the photographer also involved the artist Peter Saville. The success of the project was so great that Yamamoto extended the contract with Nick until 1997.
In 1982, a girl came to the photo studio, which was organized by Knight, for an internship. She was Charlotte Wheeler, who later became the maestro’s wife. Nick’s strong marriage is the exception rather than the rule in the fashion party. The photographer still lives happily with his Charlotte and three children in London.
In addition to fashion projects, the photographer is involved in the creation of exhibitions for museums. In 1993, in collaboration with David Chipperfield, a famous architect, Nick prepared a permanent exhibition Plant Plant, which is located in the Museum of Natural History in London.
In the same year, Knight removed the sign cover for the industry of the November Vogue with Linda Evangelista and the signature “Glamor Returns”. The frame began to personify the decline of the era of grunge.
Nick earns world fame, a huge number of celebrities working with him. A photographer takes pictures for the album covers of David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Bjork, Kylie Minogue and Massive Attack. Nick productively collaborates with popular designer Alexander McQueen, removes advertising projects for the best brands and fashion houses in Europe.
In 1994, the maestro released another photobook called Nicknight, which contains the best creations from the previous 12 years. After 3 years, the next Flora photo album was released, in which only pictures of flowers are presented.
Since 1997, Knight began working with Dior. This collaboration lasted for more than 10 years and had a tremendous impact on the development of both the photographer and the brand.
Nick was so subtle and relevant artist that sometimes even significantly ahead of his time. At the turn of the century, he launched his online resource on the fashion industry. Since November 2000, the SHOWstudio.com website has become a unique space for fashion figures. Artists, designers, fashion designers and models – all creative personalities gained access to information and the possibility of carrying out various projects. Knight made a platform for interactive, which allows like-minded people to create something completely new. The Internet site is very popular, its daily visits reach the mark of half a million. Nick often conducts live interviews with creative personalities, interesting, first of all, to the author himself. Among them are John Galliano, Kate Moss, Philip Lim, Björk, Suzy Manks and many others.
The legendary Pirelli calendar in 2004 was designed by Nick Knight. The shooting took place in London with the participation of models such as Natalia Vodianova, Karolina Kurkova, Amanda Moore and others.