Alexander Ben Korako Watson, best known as A.B Watson is a photographer based in New Zealand. A.B started his journey at the age of 16 in the darkroom. After two years of experimenting in his high school’s darkroom, he moved down a path towards a Bachelor in Graphic Design. During his 7 years of education and career as a graphic designer, he left his role to obtain Honours in Art and Design. It was here that he rekindle his passion for photography and decided to change his career path.
In pursuit of photography A.B started assisting a number of respected New Zealand photographers and studios. During these years he developed skills and an understanding for the expectations of professional photographers. The knowledge he absorbed, was way beyond what he could have ever obtained from a classroom. After years of assisting, A.B felt ready to start branching out with his own vision, with his camera in hand. A.B first started collaborating alongside New Zealand fashion labels like Trelise Cooper and Ruby Apparel. Later he became one of the head photographers in a studio where he currently resides.
It’s clear that A.B has a true passion for photography, never leaving his house without a camera slung over his shoulder. Alongside his daily studio work, A.B still makes time for personal projects. He is heavily influenced by Japanese culture and religious philosophies. His artwork has a peaceful stillness to it, invoking an emotional escape he somehow captures through his lens. As a result Leica nicked named him the Zen photographer.
Working as a professional and fine art photographer, A.B is always doing something related to his passion, forever learning and striving to better himself and his work.
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