Tim Walker is no ordinary photographer. His photographs are featured in the most influential fashion magazines such as Vogue, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. The reason for this is simple. Tim Walker is a storyteller, and a good one at that. His tales are magical, sometimes grotesque, sometimes playful but always mesmerising and enthralling. Seeing the exhibition leaves you craving for more.
The exposition showcases some of Walker’s most prevalent works, such as the portrait of Alexander McQueen with a skull or images of Agyness Deyn in the sand dunes of Namibia. The photographs are accompanied by quotes from Tim Walker and some of the props used in his creations. Visitors stroll around a giant skeleton, a swan boat, some enormous yet realistic looking grasshoppers and an oversized doll to name a few.
But even without the accessories, Somerset House’s stunning surroundings and videos showing the artist at work, the exhibition was destined to be a success. Tim Walker’s tales speak for themselves as the beauty and eccentricity of his craft are too overwhelming not to leave even those most rational and cynical feeling a little bit nostalgic for their childhood days when fairytales were oh-so-true!
East Wing, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7845 4600 www.somersethouse.org.uk
Opening hours: 18 October 2012 – 27 January 2013
Daily 10.00-18.00, Until 21.00 on Thurs 8, 29 Nov & 6, 13, 20 Dec (24 & 31 Dec: 10.00-16.00, 25 & 26 Dec: closed, 1 Jan: 12.00-18.00)