Tim Walker-'The parameters of impossible'

You can't see a Tim Walker picture and not recognise its author. Walker has a very unique take on fashion photography. His theatrical works are incredibly romantic and located in fantastical scenes. Looking at his ambitious photographs you understand that creating a dinner party suspended in a wood or a giant doll crashing through a forest is not a problem for Walker. "I think an intense enthusiasm to create a vision you have seen in your head makes you ignore some obstacles".

Born in England in 1970, Walker’s interest in photography began at a early age, 19, at the Condé Nast library in London where he worked on the Cecil Beaton archive for a year before university. After a three-year BA Honors degree in Photography at Exeter College of Art, Walker was awarded third prize as The Independent Young Photographer Of The Year. After graduating, he worked as a photo assistant in London before moving to New York to assist Richard Avedon. He shot his first Vogue story at 25, and since then has contributed to every leading fashion magazine.

In 2010 Walker’s first short film, ‘The Lost Explorer’ was premiered at Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland and went on to win best short film at the Chicago United Film Festival, 2011.

2012 saw the opening of Walker’s ‘Storyteller’ photographic exhibition at Somerset House, London. The exhibition coincided with the publication of his book, ‘Storyteller’ published by Thames and Hudson. In a 2013 collaboration with Lawrence Mynott and Kit Hesketh-Harvey, he also released The Granny Alphabet, a unique collection of portraiture and illustration celebrating grandmothers.

Even thought contributing so much to the fashion industry, Walker himself is particularly unfashiony. He dresses according to colour, head-to-toe blue or green, rather than in labels. His one accessory is a pencil poking, carpenter-like, from behind his ear. "I'm not motivated by the wheel of fashion and commerce," he says. 

Courtesy: Tim Walker