Qompendium is an evolving and ever-changing platform for philosophy, art, culture and science, represented by a series of print publications: magazines, books and monographs. Furthermore, it is enriched by a gallery concept, a work shop and a fast-moving online portal.
Ben Watts, born in 1967 in London, began his career in Australia with commissions for Vogue and Elle. Attracted by urban hip hop culture in the mid-90s, he moved to New York and became a regular contributor to prestigious publications, including Esquire and Rolling Stone. Commercial clients such as Sony and Ralph Lauren proudly display his photography on supersize billboards throughout the United States.
Excerpts selected by Ben Watts from his private Polaroid diary collection during the years 2001 to 2009:
Leonard Albert Kravitz
André Lauren Benjamin
Curtis James Jackson III
Benicio Monserrate Rafael del Toro Sánchez
Heath Andrew Ledger