Tim Walker, Lily and Spiral Staircase, Whadwhan, Gujarat, India, 2005, © Tim Walker.

Tim Walker, Light and Shade, Vogue Italia, 2003, Model: Karen Elson, © Tim Walker.

Tim Walker, Inspiration & Execution, the Cutting Edge of Fashion Imagery

Tim Walker, Alice Gibb and Olga Sherer, Sennowe Park, Norfolk, England, November 2007, © Tim Walker.

Tim Walker, Coco Rocha and Giant Glove, Fitzrovia, London, 2006, © Tim Walker.

Tim Walker, Cover image from Tim Walker Pictures, 2004, Lisa Cant with eighty white rabbits, Chiswick, West London, 2004, British Vogue, Photo © 2007 Tim Walker. All rights reserved.


Design Museum
Shad Thames
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Tim Walker – Pictures
May 9-September 7, 2008

London-based photographer Tim Walker has established himself at the cutting edge of fashion photography. His images capture a sublime moment in time, evoking a sense of epic drama and beauty. Stunning sets and lavish locations juxtapose the everyday with the absurd and the fabulous, to create captivating, original photographs.

Walker’s evocative images are full of textured nuance and intriguing detail. His innovative photography is amongst the most imaginative and exuberant being produced today.

His photographs have entranced the readers of British Vogue, month by month, for over a decade. Extravagant staging and romantic motifs characterise his unmistakable style. After concentrating on the photographic still for 15 years.

This comprehensive overview of Walker’s work offers a rare glimpse into his artistic method, from inspiration to execution, and will deconstruct the complex process of creating fashion images. The exhibition explores the design and planning process that goes into producing the sets and scenery for Tim’s photographs.

From vision to reality, visitors are able to gain access to an array of images, sketches and source material rarely seen. The exhibition space will be transformed into a larger than life photography studio where a giant sized camera and oversized picture frames will place the viewer in the world of the fashion photo-shoot.

Tim’s work regularly features in style and fashion magazines including British Vogue, W, and Harpers Bazaar, he has also created advertising campaigns for exclusive clients such as Comme des Garcons and Gap.

Walker was born in England in 1970. His interest in photography developed during a year’s work experience before college at Condé Nast London where he set up the Cecil Beaton archive.

Walker went on to study photography at Exeter Art College. On graduation in 1994 Walker 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 portrait and documentary work for UK newspapers. At the age of 25 he shot his first fashion story for Vogue, and has photographed for the British, Italian, and American editions ever since.

Walker's career as a photographer was launched when he was placed 3rd in The Independent Young Photographer of the Year Awards. Initially he concentrated on documentary and portrait work for United Kingdom newspapers, which opened the door to further editorial work with British Vogue, W, and Harper’s Bazaar. He currently shoots for Italian and British Vogue and Vanity Fair.

He currently lives in London but spends a lot of time travelling for work. Extraordinary environments and people are the things that he finds the most inspiring.

In November 2008 Walker received the ‘Isabella Blow award for Fashion Creator’ by The British Fashion Council and, in May 2009, he received an infinity award from The International Center of Photography in New York for his work as a fashion photographer.

Tim Walker is now working on his first short film, The Lost Explorer.

His photographs are included in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum and the National Portrait Gallery.

Tim Walker, Horse in House, Eglingham Hall, Northumberland, England, 1998, British Vogue, Photo © 2007 Tim Walker.

Tim Walker, portrait by Alison Tanner.


Tim Walker, Pantomime, Vogue UK, December 2004, Model Lisa Cant, © Tim Walker.


Tim Walker, Sasha Pivovarova as Russian Knight, Kizhi Russia, 2006, © Tim Walker.