yolanda March 31, 2016 0

Nick Knight, one of the world’s most influential and visionary photographers, will showcase a solo exhibition at the Christophe Guye Gallery in Zurich from 7th of April to 4th of June 2016.


The Swiss premiere showcases a cross section of Nick Knight’s creative work from the last two decades. Beside a selection of his most iconic photographs, an assemblage of his award-winning fashion films will be on view, as well as one of his photographic sculptures; a porcelain sculpture of Kate Moss.

Questioning the ethos and conversation around conventional beauty ideals, Nick Knight continuously pushes the boundaries of what it means to be beautiful and how to shoot beautiful images. Even in his return to glamour, Nick Knight’s photographs are raw and fierce, and yet angelic. In Nick Knight we see an artist who is perpetually pushing his images. As the world around him changes, and as technology evolves, he responds. This is what keeps Nick Knight’s photography remaining dynamic and fluid; and while it is about fashion, his images capture the evolution of the medium itself – never loosing sight of the medium as an art form.

Nick Knight Biography

Born in London in 1958, Knight studied photography at Bournemouth & Poole College of Art and Design. He graduated with a distinction in 1982. In 1985 his first book, Skinheads, won him the Designers and Art Directors Award for Best Book Cover. Yohji Yamamoto’s art director Marc Ascoli commissioned Knight for 12 successive catalogues in the late Eighties – at a time when Yamamoto campaigns were breaking new ground. Knight made fashion history in November 1993 by adapting ring-flash photography to capture Linda Evangelista for a landmark, post-grunge cover of British Vogue. Since then, his work has graced no fewer than 36 covers. He has shot advertising campaigns for Jil Sander, Louis Vuitton, Calvin Klein, Yves Saint Laurent, Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen and Christian Dior to name a few. He has also shot record covers for David Bowie, Paul Weller, George Michael and Massive Attack.

Knight’s work has been exhibited at institutions such as the Victoria & Albert Museum, Saatchi Gallery, The Photographers’ Gallery, the Hayward Gallery, the Tate Modern and recently the National Portrait Gallery. In 2010, he received an OBE in recognition of the contribution he has made to the arts over his illustrious career.

(Above) Nick Knight, Lily, 2008, Hand-coated pigment print, 147,93 x 111,76 cm (58 1/4 x 44 inches), Edition of 5, plus 2 AP


(Above) Nick Knight, Alexander McQueen, 2009, Hand-coated pigment print 211 x 109,5 cm (83 1/8 x 43 1/8 inches), Edition of 5, plus 2 AP

Photos: © Nick Knight / Courtesy of Christophe Guye Gallery

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