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“Tim Walker: Wonderful Things” the exhibition in London

“Tim Walker: Wonderful Things” the exhibition in London

Tim Walker photographing James Crewe in Dorset, 2018. Dress by Maison Valentino. Photograph was captured by make-up artist Lucy Bridge

After the success of Christian Dior’s exhibition “Designer of Dreams” the photographic exhibition dedicated to the genius of Tim Walker and his fantastic creatures arrives at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

SPIRITS WITHIN”, Duckie Thot by Tim Walker for Vogue Italia, Feb. 2018

What emerges from the exhibition is the multifaceted nature of this photographer, because to define only as a fashion photographer would perhaps be reductive. As Susanna Brown, curator of “Tim Walker: Wonderful Things” explained in an interview with Dazed: […]“I think for him the fashion industry and the magazines are like Renaissance art patrons that allow him to create the pictures his mind imagines and the dream worlds he wants to build in front of the camera. He’s used that metaphor before, the idea of fashion itself as a benefactor, as a patron to the artist, and I think it’s a very good metaphor.” […]

Photo Tim Walker. Sgáire Wood, James Crewe, Karen Elson; abiti The Row, Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello, Daniela Geraci, Sarah Bruylant & Molly Goddard, Londra, 2018.

The majestic and flamboyant clothes are indeed only a part of Walker’s original eye, who remains first of all a dreamy photographer, able to introduce us into parallel universes made of surrealism and magic. 

But Walker’s genius also lies in his ability to remain strongly interested in current events. The scenes and the atmosphere of the set widen the theme of the subjects on display, which are imbued with a narrative capable of outlining contemporary issues while being captured in a space that transcends reality.

Tilda Swinton. Fashion: Gucci, Marc Jacobs, jewellery: Lisa Eisner Jewelry, Vela, Uno de 50, A. Brandt + Son. Renishaw Hall, Derbyshire, 2018. © Tim Walker StudioPhotography Tim Walker via the V&A
Tim Walker, Cloud 9, Radhika Nair. Fashion: Halpern and Dolce & Gabbana. Pershore, Worcestershire, 2018© Tim Walker Studio

Undoubtedly iconic are the portraits of Tilda Swinton, his ever-inspiring muse, as well as the nineteenth-century poet Edith Sitwell portrayed by Cecil Beaton, one of his favorite photographers, which inspired him for a shot with Tilda. There are also new shots inspired by some rooms of the V&A Museum, and others related to the themes that the fashion industry and society at large is currently facing: from the crisis of fast fashion to issues of waste, consumption and sustainability, from sexuality to the representation of diversity.

Photo Tim Walker. Anna Piaggi con volants e cappello Stephen Jones, Milano, 2012

“You know he’s not a documentary photographer” clarifies Susanna Brown “but he is still engaged with the real world, beyond high fashion, or beyond couture.”

The exhibition will be open until march 8th 2020.

words Ludovica Mucci

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