When I photographed Aaliyah in July 2000, what impressed me most was how professional she was. The first time I worked with her, she was due to arrive at the studio at 10 a.m., and she was there at 9:45. She had a very clear idea of what she wanted her image to be, but she wasn’t dictatorial about it. She was raised well. She was polite, which is unusual among young stars. But she had a poise of someone much older, a Jack Nicholson, someone who had learned it over a long career. When she came into work, she was totally prepared. And when we looked at the Polaroids, she didn’t need retouching. She was flawless. And she was good fun as well.
~ Albert Watson (photographer)