BEN WATTS / Biography

Ben Watts was born in London, raised in Australia and currently resides in NYC.

Ben began his career shooting friends and interesting types that he encountered and used the images for his university projects. The more he shot, the more he realized that photography was the only medium in which he wanted to work.

Ben has been commissioned to shoot his unique take on fashion for the most prestigious magazines including i-D, Harpers Bazaar, GQ, Interview, NY Times Magazine, Esquire, Instyle, Vanity Fair, Vibe, Rolling Stone, French Glamour, Marie Claire, Intersection and Elle to name a few.....

His commercial clients include Nike, Apple, Kodak, Etienne Aigner, 3 Dots, Nautica, Polo Ralph Lauren, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Sony Music, Atlantic Records, Warner Music, Interscope, J. Records, J. Crew, The Gap and Old Navy.

His first book, an urban youth scrapbook called “Big Up” was published Fall 2003 by Princeton Architectural Press. He has been invited to photo exhibits throughout the world including the Whitney Biennial in Mexico, The James Cohen Gallery and the Scout Gallery in London. His work has also received acclaim by the American Photo Annual 3 years in a row. BIG UP has received critical acclaim and we anticipate the release of a second book in the near future.


Big Up by Ben WattsBig Up
Princeton Architectural Press
August 2004