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April 18

Sublime Moments in Time with Tim

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Fashion photographer Tim Walker is a Conde Nast superstar. He's been contributing whimsy and joy to the pages of Vogue for over a decade, and his frequent juxtapositioning of the everyday with the absurd have brought him to the forefront of fashion photography. Tim Walker has a decadent mind. He's known for extravagant staging, romantic motifs and photographic stills that ooze eccentric charm. His star studded and award ridden career all began with a newspaper photo contest, in which he placed third, which led to him discovering his passion and pursuing a career in the art of capturing sublime moments. After graduating from Exeter College of Art he made his way across the pond to NYC where he assisted fashion photography behemoth Richard Avedon. Avedon was a major tastemaker of his time and his photographs helped to define American style, culture and beauty. There are few greater mentors a young photog could have. Once Walker returned to the UK he took a job with British Vogue and since that first assignment at the age of only 25 he's contributed to the magazine on countless occasions and shot two covers, both for British arm of the magazine in 2005. His career is chock full of big names and major accomplishments, all of which we credit to the brilliant magic that exists between his ears. Walker works through a fantastical lens, which journalist Charlotte Sinclair most aptly described in 2008, "Fashion photographer Tim Walker doesn’t seem to belong to the world of you or me. He’s a Peter Pan, a daydreamer, a fantasist. His pictures are mirages, telling stories conjured directly from an imagination that most of us left behind in childhood. Looking at Tim’s photographs is like following the white rabbit into a world where elephants are painted blue, horses are dusted lilac, paintings come to life and pretty girls with Thirties faces are transformed into marionettes or abandoned princesses." [caption id="attachment_8515" align="aligncenter" width="418" caption="Tim Burton as Santa Claus May '08 British Vogue"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_8516" align="aligncenter" width="439" caption="Juliet Bewicke 1998"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_8517" align="aligncenter" width="625" caption="Otis Ferry & his foxhounds 2007"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_8518" align="aligncenter" width="700" caption="Lily Cole 2004"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_8519" align="aligncenter" width="442" caption="Coco Rocha & giant glove 2006"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_8520" align="aligncenter" width="440" caption="Lily Cole & giant pearls 2004"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_8521" align="aligncenter" width="694" caption="Karen Elson, Alex Gilbert & Dolly 2008 British Vogue"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_8522" align="aligncenter" width="371" caption="Jasmine Guinness 1998"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_8523" align="aligncenter" width="441" caption="Malgosia Bela 2009 Vogue Italia"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_8524" align="aligncenter" width="433" caption="Malgosia Bela 2009 Vogue Italia"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_8525" align="aligncenter" width="445" caption="Lily Cole 2005 cover of i-D Magazine"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_8526" align="aligncenter" width="700" caption="1999"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_8527" align="aligncenter" width="461" caption="2006"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_8528" align="aligncenter" width="427" caption="Alice Gibb 2007"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_8529" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Alice Gibb & Olga Sherer 2007"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_8530" align="aligncenter" width="440" caption="Stella Tennant 2007"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_8531" align="aligncenter" width="700" caption="Eglingham Stream 2004"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_8532" align="aligncenter" width="441" caption="Lily Donaldson 2009 British Vogue"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_8533" align="aligncenter" width="695" caption="Eglingham 2002"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_8534" align="aligncenter" width="441" caption="Kinga Rajzak 2009 British Vogue"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_8535" align="aligncenter" width="432" caption="Mrs. Lishman 2009 British Vogue"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_8536" align="aligncenter" width="416" caption="Bender Mask 2010 Vogue Italia"][/caption] Walker excels in portraiture, even having worked for various British newspapers before diving into the fashion realm, and has brilliantly captured Vivienne Westwood, the elusive Banksy (!!), Madonna, Tim Burton, the cast of Monty Python, UK model of 50+ years Gitte Lee, and many more. His captivating images stand out in the pages of i-D Magazine, Harper's Bazaar, Vanity Fair and three nations of Vogue -- US, UK and Italy to be exact. His work has been added to the permanent collections of both the Victoria & Albert Museum and the National Portrait Gallery, and the awards just keep rolling in. He's been presented with the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator by the British Fashion Council, the Infinity Award by the International Center of Photography in New York and the ASME Award for his East Enders portfolio in W Magazine. His first major exhibit was merely four years ago at the Design Museum in London, where they assert that Walker has placed himself at the cutting edge of fashion photography. The quality of his work is just breathtaking. His images are jolting -- a word that is usually reserved for the darker side of things, but somehow Walker jolts the viewer with quirky pleasantries. The characters he creates are over the top theatrical and the environment in which they live is always magical and bubbling over with drama and intriguing detail. Walker's body of work is full of energy and entirely imaginative, like a children's book with adult sensibilities where the fairy godmother smokes joints with the talking toad. We definitely suggest you click through the archive images on his site -- it's a transportive experience that at the bare minimum will take you to a better mood. We'll be on a Tim Walker high all day! [caption id="attachment_8537" align="aligncenter" width="433" caption="Tim Walker self-portrait 2008"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_8538" align="aligncenter" width="693" caption="Kirsi Pyrhonen & jello hat 2011 American Vogue"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_8539" align="aligncenter" width="441" caption="Maureen Wheeler aka Aunty Bunty 2011 British Vogue"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_8540" align="aligncenter" width="700" caption="Scarlett Johansson 2010 W Magazine"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_8541" align="aligncenter" width="415" caption="Dame Vivienne Westwood 2009 British Vogue"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_8542" align="aligncenter" width="433" caption="Alexander McQueen 2009 British Vogue"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_8543" align="aligncenter" width="436" caption="Tim Burton 2009 Harper's Bazaar"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_8544" align="aligncenter" width="698" caption="Banksy 2007 Vanity Fair"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_8545" align="aligncenter" width="437" caption="Little Coco 2009 i-D Magazine -- does anyone know who this amazing person is? Couldn't find any additional info, email us!"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_8546" align="aligncenter" width="437" caption="British model Gitte Lee 2009 Vogue Italia"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_8547" align="aligncenter" width="437" caption="Alber Elbaz & his pink Lanvin 2009 Vanity Fair"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_8548" align="aligncenter" width="426" caption="Terry Jones of Monty Python 2009 Vanity Fair"][/caption] As a post-script we must mention two things. First, after 25 years of still images, Walker has made the transition into film. His first short, entitled The Lost Explorer, premiered at the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland in 2010 and subsequently won the award for Best Short Film at the Chicago United festival in 2011. The trailer is below and it is simultaneously terrifying, beautiful and captivating. A misty forest, a burnt map, a family left out in the cold and a notion of impending death. "They've come to eat us" the man says to the child as he loads just two bullets into his handgun, "One for you and one for me." It looks incredible. And then second, after all of the mesmerizing and gorgeous imagery that Walker has produced over his prolific career, it is important to note the photograph that he claims to be asked about most often -- a portait of fluffy pastel kitties. He explains, "I had no idea how the picture would resonate with people. But it has been the image I've been asked about the most. For some reason, people are just fascinated with it - more than any model, house or celebrity I've ever shot. Everyone wants to know about the pastel cats." It just goes to show, everyone loves a funny kitty. [caption id="attachment_8549" align="aligncenter" width="700" caption="Pastel Cats 2000 (there's also a pony)"][/caption]
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