Photography legend David Bailey was among well-known figures at the private view of photographer Albert Watson?s exhibition in central London last night.

Masters of Photography: A Journey features Albert Watson?s images from an assignment to northern Spain where the timber used in the oak casks for Macallan whisky originates.

The exhibition resulting from the Macallan/Watson tie-up is set to go on a world tour, though Watson, who lives in New York, won?t be at all the private views, he told Amateur Photographer last night.

Watson told us he recorded images for the project using a Hasselblad camera with a 65-million-pixel digital back.

Thirty-six individually customised bottles of The Macallan dating from 1946, the year Albert Watson met his wife (they met at nursery school), were produced for the project.

Each bottle is paired with a signed, one-off, specially commissioned Watson platinum print and will be sold at a reserve price of £10,000.

Speaking earlier this year Watson said: ‘The freedom and encouragement given to me during this shoot allowed the creation of a series of images expanding on this journey, and finally platinum exhibition prints ? the ultimate in fine art ? demanding complete artistic integrity.’

A limited collection of 1,000 bottles of The Macallan Sherry Oak 20-year-old whisky, costing £700, went on sale yesterday. Each comes with a set of ten portfolio prints.

Watson, who is regarded as one of the most successful fashion, commercial and art photographers was presented with the Centenary Medal by the Royal Photographic Society earlier this year.

Also at last night’s private view were Bianca Jagger and Mary McCartney.

Masters of Photography: A Journey takes place at Phillips de Pury auctioneers, Howick Place, London SW1P 1BB.

To view Watson’s images from the show CLICK HERE


Famous photographer in £10k whisky tie-up

Watson and BaileyDavid Bailey (left) in conversation with Albert Watson in central London last night

Watson and Bailey

Pictures: Chris Cheesman