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Ben Watts has rapidly emerged as one of today's top photographers. His collection of photographic moments captured both on assignment and while working on personal projects covers a broad range of subjects, from street photography to fashion shoots, from hip-hop culture to high school wrestlers. Watts's images not only show the personal visual diary of an artist, but provide a new look at what it means to be young and urban. Often with short notes from himself or his subjects scribbled on the photos, or with bits...

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Ben Watts has rapidly emerged as one of today's top photographers. His collection of photographic moments captured both on assignment and while working on personal projects covers a broad range of subjects, from street photography to fashion shoots, from hip-hop culture to high school wrestlers. Watts's images not only show the personal visual diary of an artist, but provide a new look at what it means to be young and urban. Often with short notes from himself or his subjects scribbled on the photos, or with bits and pieces from the "site" (an airplane boarding pass, an entry ticket), Watts's images are put together in fantastic collages and combinations that are humorous and insightful at the same time.
Big Up is Ben Watts's personal scrapbook reproduced in a large-format book that preserves all the qualities of a photo album. His images—vibrant, energetic, and sensuous—take readers on a photographic journey that stays in mind long after the book has been put down.

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The oversized format of this book is the perfect match for the big style and urban flavor it delivers. Shot and designed by photographer Watts, a regular contributor to Interview and Rolling Stone (and brother of actress Naomi Watts), it was originally created as a scrapbook portfolio to send out for jobs, but it impressed so many people who came across it that Watts was asked to publish it. This version reproduces not just the photographs but the tape and markers he used to put the portfolio together. Watts's penchant for pushing the style envelope to create edgy, vibrant pictures straight from the street is amply demonstrated here. His images seamlessly blend celebrity and everyday moments to create an astonishing visual record of urban life from the early Nineties to the present-showing the boxing gyms of London, New York City's Puerto Rican Day parade, hip-hop fashion shoots, and more. Stylist Emil Wilbertkin contributes a foreword, and in an introduction Watts himself provides background on how the book came to pass and how his career started. A great addition to any large photography collection.-Rachel Collins, "Library Journal" Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568984124
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 1.00 (w) x 1.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ben Watts has won several photographic awards and is a regular contributor to a variety of lifestyle magazines including Interview, Rolling Stone, and the NY Times Magazine. He lives in New York City.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2003

    2 3/4 stars

    I found out about this book in some magazine (I only read Source, Vibe, Underlined Magazine, Essence, and the magazine with Vivica Foxx and 50 Cent on the cover this month) and I had to go to the bookstore to grab it. Photos like people on the El, Vin Diesel, Crazy Legs, and newspaper outfits make me miss my childhood (minus Vin Diesel, although he's just great eye candy). A few photos seem plain or typical (ex. Treach's photos, the everfamous middle finger shot, and the soccer photos), some were enjoyable for no apparent reason (Spencer 97 Pro Skater, man on bike in South Bronx), and others were completely unique (Usher, Naomi 03 in Da Studio, Karlene & Cindy, 'Do Not'). Overall I enjoyed the book.

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