19. Nick Knight
A shorthand history of Knight might go something like this: a 1982 book of photographs entitled Skinheads, followed by college graduation, then a series of 100 portraits for i-D Magazine's fifth anniversary issue, which then led to another commission to shoot the 1986 catalog for Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto, and music-video collaborations with Bjork and Lady Gaga. If that wasn't enough, Knight went on to shoot editorials for Alexander McQueen, Calvin Klein, Jil Sander, and Yves Saint Laurent. In 2000, Knight launched SHOWstudio.com, an online platform that was responsible for Gareth Pugh's unprecedented digital runway shows of the Autumn/Winter 2008 and 2009 season. His impact extends far beyond one photograph and instead encompasses the immense influence of his imaging in the fashion world, and his push for new platforms to experience them in.
Above: Insensate, 2008