Born in England in 1970 , Tim Walker became to be interested in fashion photography at the Cond Nast Library in London, where he worked on the Cecil Beaton archive for a year work experience prior to University. Soon after he got the three year photography BA Hons degree at Exeter College of Art. On graduation in 1994 he worked as a freelance photography assistant in London before moving to New York City as a full time assistant to Richard Avedon.
On returning to England he initially concentrated on portraits and documentary work for UK newspapers. At the age of 25 he shot the first fashion story for Vogue and has photographed for the Italian, German and American editions ever since.
In the spring of 2008 his first major show was held at the Design Museum in London , and coincided with the publication of his first book : ”Pictures”. ”Picture” was compiled by Tim himself : it contains not only a large number of fashion shots he took for Vogue and other magazines , but also pages from his scrapbooks of collages and preliminary studies , together with quotes from himself , his assistants, fashion editors and models.
Moreover , the Victoria and Alfred Museum and the National Portrait Museum of London include the photographs of Tim Walker in their permanent collections.
His photographs are evocative and , with extravagant staging and romantic motifs , his style is unmistakenable. He succeed to insert fashion in the fantastic frame of his pictures , increasing its value. Clothes and accessories which models wear are no more mere objects with an economical and social value but they became protagonists of a story. The reader is fascinated not only with clothes but with the whole fairy tale , its great colours , its absurd pieces of imagination.
Here below some of the most suggestive fashion pics :
Before we go forward , I believe that Tim Walker’s photographs with the greatest power of suggestion are those he made with the model Lily Cole , who is perfect to interpret the protagonist of a fairy tale . Here some :