The Macallan, one of the world’s most acclaimed whiskys has made the effort to bring the internationally acclaimed Masters of Photography (MOP) exhibition to South Africa. This renowned black and white photographic series has travelled the globe including exhibitions in New York, London, Tokyo, Paris, Madrid, Toronto and Taiwan and will now be hosted in South Africa for two days only.
The Macallan approached Albert Watson, one of the world’s top photographers who was born blind in his one eye and is also known for the 200 Vogue cover pages that he shot, to photography the journey of The Macallan. Albert embarked upon a journey for 12 days covering a total of 965 kilometers while capturing the essence of how this whisky is made and exported globally.
“The Macallan came to me with the incredible story of the Spanish sherry oak casks used to make their single malt and asked me to interpret this as a photographic art project. The freedom and encouragement given to me allowed the creation of a visual journey demanding complete artistic integrity,” says Albert Watson, one of the world’s most respected and successful photographers of the past four decades. His striking images have appeared on over 240 covers of Vogue and Rolling Stone – some of the most iconic portraits of a generation including Alfred Hitchcock, Mick Jagger and Kate Moss.
Starting off in the forests of Northern Spain, where the Spanish oaks grow, to the traditional cooperage in Jerez, Watson began a journey of discovery, culminating in the alchemy and passion of The Macallan Distillery in Scotland. The photographic odyssey took place in three parts – the romantic tale of a couple’s road trip, a series of images expanding on this particular journey and
finally the creation of fine art platinum prints.
“The Macallan prides itself on aligning with masters of different crafts, which is why we are proud to present this international collaboration. To us the Macallan MOP showcases a unique relationship between two great art forms, whisky-making and photography,” commented Candice Baker, Brand Ambassador for The Edrington Group Whisky Portfolio.
To celebrate the launch of the Masters of Photography, The Macallan invites the public to view the prints in Cape Town on 30 September at the Photographers Gallery za and in Johannesburg on 14 October at the Co-Op gallery.
Tasting notes – The Macallan Sherry Oak 20 year old
NOSE – Dark chocolate orange, cloves, ginger and dried fruit, accented by polished oak
TASTE – Robust spine of blood orange and exotic spices, with an abundance of sun ripened raisins,
dates and sultanas
FINISH – Tantalisingly long, oak, allspice, stem ginger with sustained fruitiness
COLOUR – Lacquered rosewood
For combining two of our favourite things- ie Whisky and Photography we’re giving this particular initiative a solid thumbs up!