Prior to my visit to the Tim Walker: Story Teller exhibition at Somerset House, I was not familiar with the work of this visual exciting fashion photographer. Exploring the maze of prop filled rooms that made up this exhibition was an awe-inspiring experience and a delightful escape from the snow that Friday afternoon back in January.
Upon walking into the first room I was confronted by a large model propeller plane and the surrounding walls held photographs featuring it. I immediately felt I was entering a magical world of fairy-tale and fantasy so was curious to see what was waiting for me around the corner.
Throughout the exhibition there were installations and a selection of extraordinary props he had used on past shoots; an exquisite swan boat, larger than life insects playing classical instruments and giant grotesque dolls, to mention a few. The viewer is offered a fascinating insight into Walker’s imagination and the mechanics behind the wonderful I imagery we see in his photographs. The narrative painted on the walls adds another layer, presenting Walker as an artist and story teller of enchanted tales.
As well as his elaborate editorial work there were also slightly more stripped back portraits, including Alexander McQueen holding a cigarette while leaning on a skull that also appears to be enjoying a cigarette and Tilda Swinton looking like a strange mannequin wearing flying goggles; both shot against a crisp white background.
As one of the most respected fashion photographer’s in the industry, Tim Walker’s work has graced the pages of the world’s leading magazines such as British, French, American and Italian Vogue, Vanity Fair, W and The New Yorker.
Walker’s photography is a marriage of fashion and design that gives life to a fairy-tale world that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality and the exhibition encapsulated this perfectly. If you missed the exhibition I believe you can still buy the book of the same title from the Somerset House bookshop.
All the images in this post were sourced via Google images .