As one of the world’s leading fashion photographers, Nick Knight pioneered digital image-making, embracing new technology from the late 1980s onwards, seamlessly integrating digital processes into his work. From his chronicles of London’s bright young things in the 1980s through to global campaigns for fashion clients such as Gareth Pugh, Alexander McQueen and Jil Sander, along with exhibition design, music videos and short films, Knight pushes past conventional photography into the realms of the spontaneous, baroque and mysterious. After collaborating on Aston Martin’s The Book in 2017, for which he shot the Valkyrie, he relished the opportunity to create a short film of the DBS Superleggera. “I asked what the single key attribute of the car was,” he says, “and the answer was ‘speed’.”

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Combining a location shoot in a vast former steelworks with intensive post-production, Knight has created a vivid portrait of power and beauty. “We’re pushing the frontiers of non-narrative film,” he says. “It’s about weaving in a set of emotions and responding naturally to what you see.” Abstract, fluid and bold, the film presents a dramatic vision of the DBS Superleggera. “There are very few brands that are brave enough to trust completely in someone’s creative vision,” Knight says. “I think it’s totally appropriate for Aston Martin to be pushing the boundaries.” nickknight.com

There are very few brands that are brave enough to trust completely in someone’s creative vision

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