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Celebrity portraitist Albert Watson to be honored at Palm Beach Photographic Centre’s FOTOfusion 1/24-28.

Internationally renowned celebrity, fashion and fine-art photographer Albert Watson will be honored at the 22nd annual FOTOfusion festival Jan. 24-28 at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre in downtown West Palm Beach.

FOTOfusion, the popular cultural event “where creativity and technology fuse,” brings hundreds of professional and hobbyist photographers to West Palm Beach for five days of workshops, lectures, panel discussions, multimedia presentations, portfolio reviews, hands-on computer classes and demonstrations led by dozens of world-renowned photographers, digital-imaging artists and picture editors. The festivities include many public events, with admission $10.

An exhibit of Watson’s work will be included in the festival, where the Scottish-born photographer will receive FOTOfusion’s prestigious FOTOmentor Award, a lifetime achievement honor previously bestowed on Walter Ioos Jr., Joyce Tenneson, Bill Eppridge, Ralph Gibson, Gordon Parks, Sebastiao Salgado, Arnold Newman, Ruth Bernhard, David Hume Kennerly, Duane Michaels and David Rubinger.

During the past 40 years, Watson, 74, has photographed more than 100 covers for Vogue magazine and 40 for Rolling Stone, including iconic pictures of Alfred Hitchock, Kate Moss and Prince.

A 2000 list of Photo District News’ “20 most influential photographers” included an appreciative assessment of Watson by famed celebrity portraitist Mark Seliger, who described his work as “signature, classical and bold.”

Watson’s photography has been displayed in museums and galleries around the world, and his images are in the private collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Portrait Gallery in London. In 2015, Albert Watson was awarded an Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.

The Palm Beach Photographic Centre is located at 415 Clematis St., in West Palm Beach. Admission is free. For more information on FOTOfusion, visit FOTOfusion.org

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