10/18/2012 06:21 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

The Whimsical World of Tim Walker

I am thrilled to write a post on Tim Walker's major new exhibition Story Teller, one of the most visually exciting and influential fashion photographers working today.

With an imagination that knows no bounds, Tim Walker turns fashion shoots into fairytales or, in his own words, "daydreams into photographs." He constructs flamboyant worlds that unfold, page after page, like a series of stills from unrealized films. The photo shoot begins to resemble the film set: hair and make-up artists, fashion stylists and costume fitters, model makers, set designers, builders, producers and painters, prop suppliers and a cast of models playing out imagined roles. At the center is Walker harnessing creative and technical talents to conjure up the harmonious whole in a singular picture.

Tim Walker: Story Teller is on view at Somerset House, London. To coincide with this highly anticipated exhibition, Thames & Hudson will publish Story Teller. The book features over 175 inspirational images, collages and snapshots from Walker's personal archives, many on display in this exciting exhibition.

Sometimes when you're taking a picture an extraordinary sense of luck and chance takes over and propels you to make pictures that you could't in your wildest dreams have imagined. This is the magic of photography.

- Tim Walker, Story Teller. Page 112

Tim Walker, Story Teller

Giant doll kicks Lindsey Wixson, Eglingham Hall, Northumberland, 2011

© Tim Walker

Karlie Kloss and broken Humpty Dumpty, Rye, East Sussex, 2010

© Tim Walker


Tilda Swinton and aviator goggles, Reykjavik, Iceland, 2011

© Tim Walker


Xiao Wen and Liu Wen as samurai nuns, New York, 2011

© Tim Walker

Rollo Hesketh-Harvey and his baguette biplane, Eglingham Hall, Northumberland, 2009

© Tim Walker

Lily Donaldson and Blue Spitfire, Glemham Hall, Suffolk, 2009

© Tim Walker


Kinga Rajzak in flying saucer with members of the West Percy Hunt

Eglingham Hall, Northumberland, 2009

© Tim Walker

Courtesy of the artist and Somerset House, London

Tim Walker: Story Teller, Somerset House, London. October 17th, 2012 - January 27th, 2013.
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