Not to be missed: the Tim Walker’s ‘Story Teller’ exhibition launched at London’s Somerset House with the support of Mulberry on the 18th October and will run until the 27th January 2013. Walker’s photographs deliver the emphasis of the exhibition, where the camera, he states:
is simply a box put between you and what you want to capture.
There is this special touch of magic, shadow of the wild dreams and extraordinary flight of imagination infused into the stories that Tim captures. Yes, he is a fashion photographer like no other. Mr. Walker creates not simply a beautiful aesthetic appeal; he brings to life the wildest fantasies of Your childhood fairytales or sometimes even Your beautiful nightmares with a sprinkle of the high couture.
Astonishing custom made installations, including virtually life-sized replica of a doomed Spitfire fighter plane and a giant insect playing cello, fine points and grotesque decorations are the part of the exhibition. Pieces of the art are narrated by author’s quotes written on the walls, explaining the romantic notions behind the sweet creations.
It is very difficult to make the ideas in my head come to life, but what is harder is making them look effortless. A genuine sense of love for the subject matter permeates through every picture in the exhibition and accompanying book. Looking back at my earlier pictures, I think that the work is very much coming from the same place. I have gone through a period of challenging myself with a complicated idea to currently challenging myself with the idea of simplicity.
It’s a baroque and fragile world where Dresden shepherdesses come to life, princesses take wing in lilac clouds and the swan symbol of grace, purity and love, sings it sad song at twilight.
Extravagant in scale and ambition and instantly recognisable for their eye-opening originality, Walker’s photographs dazzle with life, colour and humour.
Walker has claimed that he’s not interested in taking pictures. He has no nerdy interest in light meters and gadgets, it’s simply about holding the camera up and, click, a perfect image. Like the Vanity Fair photographer Annie Leibovitz, his art lies in his extraordinary ability to create magical sets that capture the imagination, and show off beautiful clothes. His is a truly British arcadia, in which eccentricity is part of the fantasy, like the Mad Hatter’s tea party.
Welcome to the Tim Walker’s world with blur boundaries between the reality and fantasy…
The exhibition is accompanied by a series of events that feature many of Tim Walker’s long-time collaborators and uncover the influences and stories behind his work. There will be workshops for all ages offering visitors the opportunity to work with some of the set designers and prop builders who have worked with Tim Walker throughout his career and talks will include Tim Walker in Conversation with Penny Martin. Throughout the exhibition there will also be the opportunity to see a series of films specially curated by Tim Walker. Made up of films that have inspired and influenced many of his images, they will include cult movies such as La Belle at la Bete, The Red Shoes, A Matter of Life and Death and Tim’s own first feature The Lost Explorer.
To coincide with the exhibition, Thames & Hudson published Story Teller by Tim Walker featuring over 175 inspirational images, collages and snapshots from Walker’s personal archives.
Join Tim Walker’s tune and You will find that there is a little explorer in each of Us. So what’s Your story… ?