Nick Knight - Photographs London Wednesday, May 17, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Video

    In Conversation: Nick Knight x SHOWstudio

    "Photography needs to be as aspirational as any other art form. The world we live in is full of imagery, and that imagery needs to be elevated." From SHOWstudio in London, legendary fashion photographer Nick Knight on how he got started, his storied collaboration with Alexander McQueen and why we need photography now more than ever. His work, 'Alexander McQueen, Snakes', 2009 is on view now at 30 Berkeley Square.

  • Exhibited

    Nick Knight: Image, Daelim Museum, Seoul, 6 October 2016 - 26 March 2017, for another print

  • Literature

    Nick Knight Image, Seoul: Daelim Museum, 2016, p. 88

  • Catalogue Essay

    Nick Knight’s collaboration with Alexander McQueen began in 1996 and continued until McQueen’s final collection, the critically acclaimed Spring/Summer 2010 Plato's Atlantis, for which the present photograph was made. In a candid interview conducted by Knight before the collection was unveiled, McQueen expressed his idea behind the title: ‘Atlantis for me is a metaphor for Neverland … it could be anywhere in your mind.’ Plato's Atlantis became the first fashion show to be streamed live on the internet when Knight’s groundbreaking multimedia platform SHOWstudio streamed it from Paris. As leading forces in their respective fields, Knight and McQueen were both creators and visionaries who shared a similar approach to their work.

    In Snakes, we see model Raquel Zimmermann lying on a bed of sand, her body merging with an undulating mass of serpents. Knight reimagines McQueen’s Atlantis and presents us with a sensuous, predatory creature in a fantastical land. McQueen best sums up this spellbinding photograph: ‘I think [women’s] sexuality is their ultimate weapon … I think a woman’s sexuality in any shape or form is a powerful thing.’ Knight was awarded an OBE for his services to the arts in 2010, and his work has been exhibited widely, including Tate Modern, V&A and National Portrait Gallery. Another print of this image was featured in his recent solo retrospective at Daelim Museum in Seoul, South Korea.



Alexander McQueen, Snakes

Hand-coated pigment print, flush-mounted.
Image: 202.3 x 100 cm (79 5/8 x 39 3/8 in.)
Frame: 215.4 x 113.9 cm (84 3/4 x 44 7/8 in.)

Signed in ink, printed title, date and number 5/5 on an artist label affixed to the reverse of the flush-mount. Accompanied by a signed Certificate of Authenticity.

This work is number 5 from the edition of 5 + 2 AP. The 2 artist’s proofs will remain with the artist.

£40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for £50,000

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London Auction 18 May 2017