An innovative exhibition of photographs by Tim Walker, revealing how this leading fashion photographer is a significant artist with roots in traditions of English landscape painting.
Curated by Greville Worthington, this exhibition will explore Walker’s work beyond the pages of Vogue and Vanity Fair, showing influences from British Surrealism, and a unique Neo-Romantic take on a particularly English aesthetic. The improbability of Walker’s sets in these 26 photographs fringes on Surrealism; beds float in trees, a flying saucer glides alongside a fox hunt, and giant dolls crash through landscapes filled with foreboding, where nature frightens rather than soothes. The ambition and scale of his images is especially impressive as they are not digitally manipulated; every fantastical scene is created with props.
For the first time, Walker’s images will be displayed in light boxes, which give a new quality of drenched colour to the images. The photographs in this exhibition were taken in the grounds of Eglingham Hall in Northumberland, an historic mansion with faded grandeur. The combination of tumbledown country house and high fashion are at the heart of Walker’s style - one that celebrates the magical allure of fashion, its glamour, its humour and its utterly outlandish charm.
Tim Walker began his career working for the iconic photographer Richard Avedon in New York before returning to Britain to become a regular at Vogue. Famed for his quirky approach to the fashion industry, he photographed Alexander McQueen leaning on a skull and a model leaping from the broken remains of Humpty Dumpty. There is always a decadent, Miss Haversham style romanticism to Walker’s pictures that puts the art of fashion centre stage.