British photographer Nick Knight is known for pushing both technical and creative limits and setting new standards in the field of fashion photography. His works deal with issues such as racism, disability, aging, obesity, and the importance of marginalised groups in society. His innovative photographs question the conventional ways of representing beauty and ideals. Knight created his figurine "Kate Moss", the first work of art he has made from porcelain, in collaboration with the Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg.
Nick Knight was born in London in 1958. He studied photography at Bournemouth & Poole College of Art and Design. He graduated with a distinction in 1982. He received the Designers' and Art Directors' Award for Best Book Cover for his first book Skinheads in 1985. In the late '80s, Yohji Yamamoto's art director Marc Ascoli commissioned Knight for 12 catalogues in a row. In 1990, he worked for i-D magazine on the 5th anniversary issue, in collaboration with Terry Jones. Knight became famous in November 1993 for his cover shoot of the model Linda Evangelista for British Vogue – his photographs have since appeared on the front page 36 times. His works have been published in international magazines such as Dazed and Confused, W Magazine, Visionaire, and Another Magazine, among others.
In addition to editorial shoots, Knight also photographs advertising campaigns. His clients include companies such as Jil Sander, Louis Vuitton, Calvin Klein, Yves Saint Laurent, Vivienne Westwood, Audi, Mercedes Benz, Alexander McQueen, and Christian Dior. He also became famous for numerous album covers, such as for the musicians David Bowie, Kylie Minogue, George Michael, and Massive Attack. Knight has also directed several music videos, such as Björk's "Pagean Poetry" in 2001 and Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" in 2011. His website SHOWstudio.com is an innovative multimedia fashion platform, which he designed in collaboration with leading international creative artists.
His work has been exhibited in institutions such as the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Saatchi Gallery, the Photographers Gallery, the Natural History Museum London, the Hayward Gallery, and the Tate Modern.
In 2010, Knight was awarded the OBE order of merit in honour of his artistic career.
Nick Knight lives and works in Richmond in England.