Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Anglomania!



Tim Walker’s show at The Design Museum in London is the exhibition that’s got everybody talking. It’s terribly British in a whimsical, fantastical way - full of oversize props, references to childhood and dressing up, and lots of good cheer. If Lewis Carroll was a contemporary fashion photographer, these are the pictures he’d be taking.

Walker’s involvement with photography began at Condé Nast where he helped organize the Cecil Beaton archive. Next stop was a job in New York working as one of Richard Avedon’s assistants, and then back to England where a prize in the Independent (newspaper's) Young Photographer of the Year competition opened the door to a professional career.

While Walker has shot advertising campaigns for clients including Barneys, Comme des Garcons, Gap, and Kate Spade, these uncredited campaigns have meant that he is not that well known in the States, but this is likely to change with the publication of “Tim Walker – Pictures”, the new ($125) book of his work just published by Taschen.









10 comments:

Jessie Cacciola said...

love that last image. isn't he fantastic?!

Anonymous said...

amazing book! everyone buy it, it's stunning.

The Lil Bee said...

Wow, these are gorgeous! I love the top photo, and i've seen the second photo before but didn't know it was by Tim Walker. Love this!

...love Maegan said...

in LOVE.

Alice Olive said...

I love Tim Walker's work - probably largely due to British Vogue and that I always check the credits. Didn't know he had also done a number of advertising campaigns. I love your comparison to Lewis Carroll - spot on!

Thanks for the tip about his new book!

Anonymous said...

it's inspiring in itself that Tim has been shooting in the US for almost 10 years and has remained under the radar - maybe his most noticeable commercial work being for Kate Spade, a perfect match I always thought.
He has always remained true to his "lord of the flies" roots, if you have ever had the pleasure of seeing his early work - fairies in bottles, fields of running youth, mrs havershams house interiors and that whimsical as you say english flavour, you will have smiled over and over again.
Its feel good imagery, transporting you to a magical place that can only make you feel good, that transports you to that fairytale, that lost world, that Narnia, but more importantly its a true representation of Tim, of his world, of his eye - he's never waivered, never tried to fit in - it would be easy to say its a shame he hasn't been recognized sooner, but in fact he was, and those that saw him all those years ago have had the pleasure of enjoying his journey and getting lost in his world.

ooomidgetmanooo said...

There are very few blogs that I love.

Yours is one of them.

danielle said...

I have the British Vogue w/ the spiral staircasee shot of Lily Cole and was sad to tear it out only recently to go on my 'inspiration' board. So gorgeous! Now I'm so happy to know I can get it in the book!

Andy said...

Something fresh again, I'm so tired of the copy of a copy what's being done here in the states. Let alone the overuse of photoshop. I love the woman on the staircase, and the images of the stacked mattresses on the cars.

Real People said...

These are truly gorgeous! I love the spiral staircase shot and your Lewis Carroll reference. I agree with you assessment that where Lewis Carroll a contemporary fashion photographer these are the photos he would be taking.