Corrupted scan of ‘War’ by Nick Knight and Simon Foxton for Big Magazine (detail)

Work / Film

Photography: Nick Knight shares “behind the screens” images from SHOWstudio

That Nick Knight is very a busy chap. Since beginning his career in 1982 with his trailblazing book Skinheads whilst still studying in Bournemouth, he has shot album artwork for the David Bowie, Björk and Lady Gaga, won awards for his editorial work for i-D, Vogue, The Face, Dazed and Confused and W Magazine, directed music videos, curated a retrospective, produced books and has been awarded an OBE in recognition of his services to art.

In late 2000 he launched SHOWstudio, a pioneering fashion broadcasting website which looks to push the boundaries of online communication through film, and in the latest insight to the way his mind works he has made a Pinterest site through to which to share incredible images made almost accidentally as part of his creative process. He explains: "When working on the post production of imagery and films, I frequently see the most beautiful and exciting imagery that is a technical byproduct of the final image. A process image, never intended to be seen. Often it is in these “mistakes” I am able to explore and pursue visual paths that were previously hidden." The strange images which result are fascinating in their insight, providing a transparency to Nicks work which is rarely seen in the fashion industry. The word “innovation” has never been more appropriate.


Image of a 3D scan for Monster Ball Tour 2012 featuring Lady Gaga, by Nick Knight


Karlie Kloss for British Vogue 2012, by Nick Knight


3D Scanning of Ming Xi for Lane Crawford S/S 2013, by Nick Knight


Crane Vs. Tiger’ for PUMA S/S 2010, by Nick Knight and Alexander McQueen


Liberty Ross for Isabella Blow exhibition, by Nick Knight


3D scans of Roses by Nick Knight


Corrupted scan of ‘War’ by Nick Knight and Simon Foxton for Big Magazine