SEVEN SEMINAL IMAGES BY TIM WALKERFiona Mahon, Hunger Magazine September 26, 2016
Tim Walker creates romantic and whimsical worlds that we all wish we could escape to. Whether portraying Alber Elbaz as a cheeky rabbit, or Tilda Swinton as a fairy queen– a very English kind of eccentricity underpins his photography.
Instantly recognisable – his images are theatrical and extravagant, with meticulously crafted installations, costumes and props – “Fashion photography allowed me to explore dreams and fantasy, and that’s what I love about it”.
Regularly featuring Tilda Swinton, Stella Tennant and Karen Elson in his work – he has championed a strong and unique kind of female beauty, drawing out an otherworldly sense of character from his subjects.
The British fashion photographer, his muse — and a very noisy lionAnna Murphy, The Times, Online December 2, 2015
Five years ago the British fashion photographer Tim Walker — long celebrated for his flights of fancy, part Lewis Carroll, part Studio 54 — took an unusually straightforward picture. It was of a black-clad 20-year-old girl, hands in pockets, rather stern expression on face, against a white backdrop. She didn’t look sure if she wanted to be there. She wasn’t. “I didn’t know how to act in front of a camera,” she recalls now.
Tim Walker: a fashion fairytaleImogen Fox, The Guardian May 24, 2013
He shot his first Vogue story when he was 25, and has photographed everyone from Tilda Swinton to Kate Moss. But Tim Walker has never been interested in clothes. We talk to him about making his dreams reality.
INTERVIEW WITH TIM WALKERKarl Smith, The White Review December 1, 2012
‘I’M NOT SO MOTIVATED BY FASHION AND BRANDS,’ EXPLAINS TIM Walker – one of the world’s leading fashion photographers. Given that Walker’s work is most frequently found between the glossy covers of high-end fashion magazines – LOVE, I-D and of course the myriad international imprints of VOGUE, to name but a few – this statement makes for an interesting juxtaposition. The incongruence is only exacerbated in context of our meeting at Somerset House to mark the opening of his Mulberry-sponsored exhibition (and recently published book) Story Teller. Collating the dramatic dreamscapes of Walker’s photographs, not just in the large format pictorial form to which photography is so often consigned in gallery spaces but rather in an immersive and tactile pseudo-reality enabled in part by the inclusion of the props and design that set them apart, Story Teller is Walker in microcosm: a bridge between two worlds.
Photo Fiction: Tim Walker's StorytellerValerie Steele, The New York Times November 30, 2012
Telling stories with pictures is not new. In the 1950s, Richard Avedon famously used a series of fashion photographs to construct fictional narratives, a technique affectionately depicted in the film “Funny Face,” in which Audrey Hepburn, posing for a fashion story inspired by “Anna Karenina,” asks the Avedon character, played by Fred Astaire, if she should throw herself in front of a train.
Tim Walker. Story TellerWall Street International October 1, 2012
‘Sometimes when you’re taking a picture an extraordinary sense of luck and chance takes over and propels you to make pictures that you couldn’t in your wildest dreams have imagined. This is the magic of photography’. Tim Walker, Story Teller.
This autumn, Somerset House will present a major new exhibition by Tim Walker – one of the most visually exciting and influential fashion photographers working today. Extravagant in scale and ambition and instantly recognisable for their eye-opening originality, Walker’s photographs dazzle with life, colour and humour. His recent work is drawn from the pages of the world’s leading magazines: British, French, American and Italian Vogue, Vanity Fair, W and The New Yorker among many others.