Tim Walker’s photographs have entranced the readers of Vogue, month by month, for over a decade. Extravagant staging and romantic motifs characterise his unmistakable style. After concentrating on photographic stills for 15 years, Walker is now also making moving film.
Born in England in 1970, Walker’s interest in photography began 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.
Upon graduation in 1994, Walker worked as a freelance photographic assistant in London before moving to New York City as a full time assistant to Richard Avedon. When he returned to England, he initially concentrated on portrait and documentary work for British newspapers. At the age of 25 he shot his first fashion story for Vogue, and has photographed for the British, Italian, and American editions, as well as W Magazine and LOVE Magazine ever since.
Walker staged his first major exhibition at the Design Museum, London in 2008. This coincided with the publication of his book ‘Pictures’ published by teNeues.
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 ‘Story Teller’ photographic exhibition at Somerset House, London. The exhibition coincided with the publication of his book, ‘Story Teller’ 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.
Walker received the ‘Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator’ from The British Fashion Council in 2008 as well as the Infinity Award from The International Center of Photography in 2009. In 2012 Walker received an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Photographic Society.
The Victoria & Albert Museum and the National Portrait Gallery in London include Walker’s photographs in their permanent collections.
Tim lives in London.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS & ACCOLADES
- Walker came third in The Independent newspaper photography awards which led to a three-year photography BA (Hons) degree at Exeter College of Art.
- After graduating in 1994, Walker worked as a freelance photography assistant in London before moving to New York to work full-time as assistant to Richard Avedon. When he returned to England, he initially focused his attention on portrait and documentary work for UK newspapers.
- Walker shot his first fashion story for Vogue at theage of 25.
- In 2008, his first major show was held at the Design Museum inLondon and coincided with the publication of his first book,entitled Pictures.
- Walker received the Isabella Blow award for Fashion Creator at the British Fashion Awards in 2008.
- In May 2009, he received an infinity award from The International Centre of Photography in New York for his work as a fashion photographer.
- Both the Victoria & Albert Museum and the National Portrait Gallery in London have photographs of Tim Walker in their permanent collections.
- Walker has shot two front covers for British Vogue -Lily Cole on the July 2005 cover and Stella Tenant on the November 2005 issue.
- 2008 - Pictures, Design Museum, London
- 2012/2013 - Story Teller, Somerset House, London
- 2013 - Dreamscapes, Bowes Museum, Durham, UK
- Tim Walker. teNeues, 2006. Stern Portfolio Paperback.
- Pictures. teNeues, 2008.
- The Lost Explorer. teNeues, 2011.
- Story Teller. Thames & Hudson, 2012
- The Granny Alphabet. Thames & Hudson, 2013
- 'Isabella Blow award for Fashion Creator' from The British Fashion Council, 2008
- Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography in New York, 2009
- Best short film, Chicago United Film Festival, 2011, for The Lost Explorer.
- Honorary Fellowship from The Royal Photographic Society, 2012.
- Victoria and Albert Museum, London
- National Portrait Gallery, London