David Knight - 23rd Mar 2012

Having taken some of the most iconic photographs of the Pet Shop Boys in the first years of their career - and helped create some of the most distinctive record sleeves of the era - Eric went on to direct some of Pet Shop Boys' best-loved videos from the mid-1980s onwards.

His first was Opportunities (Let's Make Lots Of Money) - co-directed with Andy Morahan - and he went on to direct the videos for Suburbia, What Have I Done To Deserve This, Domino Dancing, DJ Culture and others. He was the duo's main photographic and video collaborator from 1984 to 1991.

In fact Eric photographed most of the pop stars of the Eighties, from Madonna to Morrissey. Like Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys he worked at Smash Hits magazine in the early Eighties and was much in demand as a pop photographer throughout the decade. Then he directed videos for numerous pop artists, including Holly Johnson, Yaz and The Christians, before concentrating on directing TV commercials.

Eric's photographs of Pet Shop Boys were displayed at the National Portrait Gallery in London in 2006, and collected in Pet Shop Boys Catalogue, the book celebrating their 20th anniversary. In later years he became the educator of a new generation of photographers - as head of photography at Rye College in Sussex.

Eric's funeral takes place on Monday April 2nd in Hastings. And a Soho-based event will take place on Tuesday April 3rd, upstairs at the Star & Garter at 62 Poland Street, London, W1F 9NX, where friends of Eric can gather to celebrate his life.

ERIC WATSON 1955 - 2012

David Knight - 23rd Mar 2012

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