Lawrence Watson was born in Hammersmith, London, in 1963. In 1979, he left school at age 16 and took an apprenticeship at a dark room in Old Street. He then graduated to a darkroom at London Weekend Television, and while there developed his portfolio in the evenings and weekends, and began contributing to the New Musical Express.
In the early 1980s, Lawrence was commissioned to document the emerging New York hip-hop scene and his portraits of legendary artists from that era, including Run DMC, Eric B, Rakim, and Public Enemy.
Lawrence's interest in music has led him to work with such legendary bands and musicians as Paul Weller, Morrissey, Oasis, Pulp, Snoop Dogg, Orbital, Isaac Hayes, Ian Brown, Grace Jones, New Order among many others.