Nick Knight's British Fashion Awards honour
Nick Knight will be honoured with the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator at this year's (15) British Fashion Awards.
The photographer has worked with everyone from Kate Moss to Alexander McQueen, and his prolific career includes both editorial and campaign shots, album covers for the likes of David Bowie and Lady Gaga, books and his popular website SHOWstudio.
The prestigious accolade has previously been handed to Amanda Harlech, Louise Wilson and last year's recipient Edward Enninful. The British Fashion Awards will be held on November 22 and Karl Lagerfeld will also be receiving an award, taking home the Outstanding Achievement gong. The nominees for the rest of the awards were announced last month (Oct15), with Christopher Kane, Victoria Beckham and Tom Ford, among others, all up for prizes.
Talking about his career to Britain's Telegraph newspaper, Nick reveals his chosen path came about almost accidently.
"Photography was a way of having some sort of social purpose, I guess,” he recalled. “That's an elevated way of saying, 'It was a way of chatting up girls!' That's the truth. It started very mundanely, as a bit of social interaction.
"But I took it up as a career because I was doing something I hated (human biology), something I thought I had to do, to get to medicine. Photography was not on my path – it was a pleasure."
He adds that being behind a camera was the only thing he shone at in his education. Nick went on to change the way photography was viewed, and also the art itself. He painted on negatives and used collages, in an approach he calls "manipulative".
However, he's not happy with being labelled merely a photographer.
"It's a very restrictive description of what one does,” he sighed. “I feel if one has a restrictive vision of what one is, that stops you from expanding and being free to paint a wall one day, or create or sculpture. I don't feel you should be restricted by one particular medium. I'll happily work from film, to sculpture, to photography.”