Watching a teenage Naomi Campbell dance to an unreleased Prince album remains one of photographer Nick Knight’s favourite memories.
The prestigious lensman has worked for the likes of i-D and Vogue and shot the famed Pirelli calendar, so he’s teamed up with some of the biggest names in the business. It makes choosing his top career moments difficult, but there are a few which stand out.
“There have been so many it’s always hard to pick some out, seeing so many creative people create beauty in front of my camera is a huge treat in itself but I guess watching a 16-year-old Naomi Campbell dancing in a bright red Yohji Yamamoto coat to a tape of an unreleased Prince album that he had just given her has to be up there,” he told Vogue Australia.
Another thing Nick has enjoyed is seeing how his industry has changed over the years. Technology has advanced a great deal, with the star even a fan of things like camera phones and social media.
“The amazing quality in phone camera means that film has become much more accessible to people with very limited resources so it’s become an exciting and very democratic medium,” he said.
“Fashion photography probably took 60 years to define itself so I feel there is plenty of time to innovate and hone it however popular it is.
I love Instagram, I find new talent in lots of fields through it at the moment and I can direct message them so it’s very good and simple way for people to get themselves and their work seen.
Film is another of Nick’s passions, with the star enjoying how different working with it is when compared to photography. Don’t ask him to pick between the two though – the star says that would be like asking him to select one child over another.