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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.


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.

"British photographer Ben Watts shot some rad pictures of wrestlers for us a short while ago. We were in love with his images then, and we haven't fallen out of love since. Big Up collects a variety of his raw, high-energy hip-hop portraits into one inspiring scrapbook."

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