Tim Walker is one of the enduring figures of UK photography. His images are exceptionally British, distinctly quirky and consistently magical and his contribution to British photography is immense.
Wonderful Things sets out to explore the work of the master whilst also shining a light on the many collaborators – set designers, stylists, make-up artists and models – who have helped to make the photographers work so memorable.
One of the highlights of the show will be a newly commissioned series of photographs influenced by Walker’s research into the V&A. The museum has been an endless source of inspiration for the photographer and this new collection of photos will put Walker’s appreciation for the institution into clearer context.
“The beautiful and eclectic objects housed in the V&A have influenced Tim since the start of his career” says the curator of Wonderful Things Susannah Brown “He has spent months exploring our collection and delving deep into the museum stores to gain inspiration for his new pictures, which will form the heart of the exhibition. It will celebrate the contributions of his many talented collaborators and muses too. This is a project we’ve been talking about for several years, and it’s going to be a spectacular show.”
Despite his many years in the industry, Walker is still keen to keep exploring and growing. His latest collaboration, with the British Fashion Designer Molly Goddard, is a good example. The two have created a book – Patty (alongside Molly’s sister Alice) which features Molly’s family, friends and fashion associates. There is even space for Molly’s pet Guinea pig. The book’s experimental and whimsical format perfectly captures the spirit of Goddard’s art and although Walker’s influence is clear, it is never overpowering. Indeed, the book is a clear sign that there is life in the old dog yet..
Tim Walker: Wonderful Things runs from September 21 2019 until the 22nd of March 2020.
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