Somerset House is exhibiting the works of one of the most outstanding and interesting fashion photographers of our time, Tim Walker.
Drawing from the worlds of illusion and fantasy, Walker’s highly recognisable and unique vision combined with flawless execution and technical perfection have made him a favourite within and outside the fashion world.
Walker’s photographs will provide the focus of the exhibition, but the camera, he claims, ‘is simply a box put between you and what you want to capture’. Everything in Walker’s pictures is specially constructed and in a glimpse behind the mechanics, there will be installations and a selection of the extraordinary props and models on show: giant grotesque dolls for Italian Vogue and an almost life-size replica of a doomed Spitfire fighter plane.
The exhibition will be 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.
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 will publish Story Teller by Tim Walker featuring over 175 inspirational images, collages and snapshots from Walker’s personal archives.
October 18th, 2012 – January 27th, 2013
East Wing Galleries / Somerset House / The Strand / WC2R 1LA
18 October 2012 – 27 January 2013