Having snapped David Bowie, the Oasis brothers, Pulp and Snoop Dogg, Lawrence Watson will be talking in Woking
Come eye to eye with some of the world’s most renowned musicians and bands at the Lightbox as the arts venue in Woking holds a mini retrospective on prolific professional photographer Lawrence Watson, from Saturday September 21 to Sunday December 1.
The Lawrence Watson: Pop Portraits exhibition follows on from a successful exhibition in 2011 which featured Lawrence Watson’s portraits of Paul Weller.
This new exhibition will take a wider look at Watson’s 30 years in the music industry and will feature some of the best known artists in the music industry, including David Bowie, Liam and Noel Gallagher, Pulp, Snoop Dogg and Grace Jones.
Watson’s career started in 1979 as an apprentice in a darkroom where he developed an understanding of the many aspects involved in the photography process. This experience led to Watson having a passion for the darkroom and the high quality images that can be produced. While employed at London Weekend Television, Watson said that he “enjoyed the whole process of taking photographs, but always got as much enjoyment out of the processing and printing”.
His interest in fine art and artists such as Mark Rothko inform his style of photography in terms of influencing his decisions on composition, backdrops and the use of colour.
Location is incredibly important to Watson’s composition; he keeps in his mind a catalogue of carefully chosen locations and ensures that they are in keeping with the style of the artist.
The influences of the artist with whom he is working has led to the success of his work which has appeared on the cover of magazines, album covers and in newspapers.
Watson began taking photographs of musicians when his step brother Dave Dorrell was reviewing concerts as a journalist. Watson started to submit these images to magazines, and an editor at NME picked one of the prints and ran it. After this, Watson was commissioned to photograph live concerts for the magazine.
Over time, the commissions became regular and Watson made the decision that photography would become a career, helped along by the fact that not only was he enjoying the process but also that he loved the music and the musicians that he was working with.
Lawrence Watson has been heavily involved in the Brit Pop scene, soul and also the emerging Hip Hop scene in the early 80s. Watson went over to the US just as Hip Hop was taking off and was able to capture legendary artists such as Run DMC, Eric B and Rakim and Public Enemy in their prime.
On Thursday October 3, there will be a chance to hear about Lawrence Watson’s star studded career as he talks to The Lightbox curator Peter Hall about what it takes to work with international superstars.
The talk stars at 7pm and tickets cost £6 adults and £5 concessions.
Entry to the exhibition is free. The Lightbox opens Tuesday to Saturday from 10.30am to 5pm and Sunday from 11am to 5pm. Details and bookings on 01483 737800 or at www.thelightbox.org.uk .