International fashion photographer. Watson was born in Edinburgh, the son of a boxer and physical education teacher. He was brought up in Penicuik and educated at the Rudolph Steiner School in Edinburgh, followed by the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee (now part of the University of Dundee) and the Royal College of Art in London. He emigrated to the USA in the early 1970's, setting up studios in Los Angeles and New York.
Despite being blind in one eye, such is Watson's success with magazines such as Vogue, Rolling Stone, The Face, Vibe, Life and Newsweek that it is said there is never a day goes by without a Watson photograph on the cover of a major magazine somewhere in the world. He acted as photographer at the wedding of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson and has been involved in advertising campaigns of many of the world's leading clothing and cosmetics companies.
He has published books of his photographs, entitled Cyclops (1995) and Maroc (1998). The University of Dundee awarded Watson an honorary degree in 1995.