Culture, Icons, Photography

Tim Walker, Photographer Extraordinaire

Fashion Week photos for Spring/Summer 2015 have taken over the internet. After digesting heavy doses of excellent runway collections and behind the scenes shots, I suddenly felt a longing for Tim Walker's photography. To me, he is a god of the lens; an anomaly in the fashion world who pours his soul into his art. Very early on in his career, he entranced Vogue readers with romantic motifs and extravagant staging that we all knew belonged in our fantasies. Yet somehow, Tim Walker manages to evoke a sense of dreams and reality, and a sense of innocence and darkness simultaneously. "HOW?" I wondered. Who cares?! I was hooked.

I am sure most of you have seen the famous staircase editorial piece of Lily Cole in that exquisite Stella McCartney dress that looked like flowing water. I have been an avid fan since then. Special thanks to my mom for making sure my sister and I had weekend projects of studying Vogue and Architectural Digest magazines so we could shape and satiate our fashion and design palates. Until today, his work captivates, stuns, and affects me in ways that make me feel grateful to be a witness to such talent, creativity, and genius. His photographs stupefy me because they are intemperate with emotion, eye-opening, original, and ambitious. 

Lily Cole | Whadwan, India | Bristish Vogue | July 2005

Lily Cole | Whadwan, India | Bristish Vogue | July 2005

Sasha Pivovarova | British Vogue | January 2007

Sasha Pivovarova | British Vogue | January 2007

The Lady Who Fell to Earth | British Vogue | October 2009

The Lady Who Fell to Earth | British Vogue | October 2009

Portrait of Alexander McQueen (fashion god!) for The British Are Coming | British Vogue | October 2009

Portrait of Alexander McQueen (fashion god!) for The British Are Coming | British Vogue | October 2009

 Coco Rocha and Giant Glove |  Fitzrovia, London | 2006

 Coco Rocha and Giant Glove |  Fitzrovia, London | 2006

Far Far From Land | W magazine | December 2013

Tim Walker's Biography

from his website timwalkerphotography.com

Photographer Extraordinaire, TIM WALKER 

Photographer Extraordinaire, TIM WALKER 

Born in England in 1970, Walker’s interest in photography began at the Condé Nast library in London where he worked on the Cecil Beaton archive for a year before university. After a three-year BA Honors degree in Photography at Exeter College of Art, Walker was awarded third prize as The Independent Young Photographer Of The Year.

Upon graduation in 1994, Walker worked as a freelance photographic assistant in London before moving to New York City as a full time assistant to Richard Avedon. When he returned to England, he initially concentrated on portrait and documentary work for British newspapers. At the age of 25 he shot his first fashion story for Vogue, and has photographed for the British, Italian, and American editions, as well as W Magazine and LOVE Magazine ever since.

Walker staged his first major exhibition at the Design Museum, London in 2008. This coincided with the publication of his book ‘Pictures’ published by teNeues.

In 2010 Walker’s first short film, ‘The Lost Explorer’ was premiered at Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland and went on to win best short film at the Chicago United Film Festival, 2011.

2012 saw the opening of Walker’s ‘Storyteller’ photographic exhibition at Somerset House, London. The exhibition coincided with the publication of his book, ‘Storyteller’ published by Thames and Hudson. In a 2013 collaboration with Lawrence Mynott and Kit Hesketh-Harvey, he also released The Granny Alphabet, a unique collection of portraiture and illustration celebrating grandmothers.

Walker received the ‘Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator’ from The British Fashion Council in 2008 as well as the Infinity Award from The International Center of Photography in 2009. In 2012 Walker received an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Photographic Society.

The Victoria & Albert Museum and the National Portrait Gallery in London include Walker’s photographs in their permanent collections.

Tim lives in London.
— http://timwalkerphotography.com/biography