Tim Walker’s fairy tale fashion portraits of Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen and Karlie Kloss unveiled in new exhibition
13:58 GMT, 4 October 2012
One of fashion's most celebrated photographers and visual artists is releasing a book of his most dazzling photography from the last seven years in conjunction with an exhibition at Somerset House in London.
Tim Walker channels his fascinations with Gothic fairy tales and surrealism to create his stunning images.
As one of the most exciting photographers of our time, he has been lauded by the world's best fashion magazines including Vogue, Love and Vanity Fair for over a decade.
Malgosia Bela & five guardsmen
Glemham Hall, Suffolk, 2009 Tim Walker
His work is instantly recognisable
and quintessentially British in its eccentricity and quirkiness.
of his photographs are taken on charming spots among the Devon-Dorset
border where he grew up.
The theme for the book is ‘daydreams turned into photographs’ and some of the biggest
names in fashion and contemporary culture crop up as subjects.
Agyness Deyn is photographed in the sand dunes of
Namibia, Alexander McQueen is seen with a smoking skull, Helena Bonham Carter poses with Ray-Bans and a Diet Coke, designer Alber
Elbaz sports a pair of rabbit ears and model Stella
Tennant floats on a pink cloud.
Karlie Kloss and broken
Humpty Dumpty, Rye, East Sussex, 2010 Tim Walker
Olga Shearer on blue horse
Sennowe Park, Norfolk, 2007
Kinga Rajzak in flying saucer with members of the West Percy Hunt, Eglingham Hall, Northumberland, 2009 Tim Walker
Tilda Swinton and aviator goggles, Reykjavik, Iceland, 2011 Tim Walker
Opulence and romance have been key themes of his shoots: an imaginative world in
which fashion and fantasy collide where Chanel-clad girls levitate,
Spitfires crash in drawing rooms, giant dolls take strolls through the meadows and models in Prada fly in UFOs
across the English countryside.
The exhibition and book feature a
selection of 175 images, often elaborately staged with sets and giant
Also included with the book are spreads from Walker’s scrapbooks displaying his collages
of inspirational imagery, as well as Polaroids and snapshots from his
Giant doll kicks Lindsey Wixson, Eglingham Hall, Northumberland, 2011 Tim Walker
Xiao Wen & Lui Wen as samurai nuns, New York, 2011 Tim Walker
Rollo Hesketh-Harvey & his
baguette biplane, Eglingham Hall, Northumberland, 2009 Tim Walker
Lily Donaldson and Blue Spitfire, Glemham Hall, Suffolk, 2009 Tim Walker
Karlie Kloss in gold feathers
Shoreditch, London, 2010
Alexander McQueen with skull and
cigarettes, Clerkenwell, London, 2009 Tim Walker
Tim Walker: Story Teller is exhibited at Somerset House, London, supported by Mulberry (October 18 2012 – January 27 2013).
The accompanying book, Tim Walker: Story Teller with text by Robin Muir is published by Thames & Hudson in hardback, available from October 8 2012, 45. Foreword by Kate Bush Introduction by Robin Muir.