This summer, celebrated music photographer Lawrence Watson releases The World Is Yours, an exhibition and accompanying book spanning over 20 years of his career and featuring music legends from rock and hip hop to Brit pop.
Lawrence Watson was born in London and got his first big break whilst working freelance for London Weekend Television when he was given the opportunity to photograph The Style Council. On seeing Lawrence's shots, Paul Weller decided to use them on The Style Council and Lawrence has been working with Mr Weller ever since. During the explosion of hip hop in New York, Lawrence captured iconic images of Run DMC, Public Enemy, Eric B and Rakim.
The World Is Yours is launched in conjunction with Adidas as part of its 60th anniversary, and several of Lawrence's subjects including the Gallaghers and Ian Brown, are snapped in their own Adidas togs and trainers. There are so many impressive portraits in this book including Bowie, New Order, Orbital and Issac Hayes. Lawrence's style is inconspicuous: time and again he seems to capture quietly magical moments, so that even with faces who we may feel we are familiar with, we feel we have sneaked a peek into their inner world. Writer Sean O'Hagan worked with Lawrence on the NME and says: "You can sense how Lawrence works – quietly, unobtrusively, intently – from his portraits. You can sense the trust he engenders in people he has grown to know over the years. He kept on doing it, and he kept on getting better. He has that eye for the crucial moment." Sheer happiness beams from many of the images, which is reflected in Lawrence's approach:
The World is Yours is at Londonewcastle Project Space, 28 Redchurch Street, London E2 7DP from May 29 until June 27. The World is Yours is published in hardback by Defractions in June and costs £25. To order and for more information visit http://www.lawrencewatsonphotography.com/.
"It has never felt like work, always a joy," he says.