Tim Walker

Tim Walker is hands down one of my favorite photographers. His whimsical and effervescent editorials and advertisements grace everything from the pages of Vogue to the lowliest teen magazine bursting with Juicy ads. However, even with such high demand, the quality of his work does not falter or leave the viewer feeling uninspired.

For most of my degenerate high school career, I had been absentmindedly ripping his work out of magazines and posting it on my closet. I love coming home and seeing this faded collage not only for the early 2000 GAP ads starring a still optimistic and unwed Katie Holmes, but because it was really what sparked my interest in design and advertising. With that said, easily a quarter of those ads are Tim Walker’s.

Walker got his start in the well-oiled machine that is Conde Nast, and from there became a freelance portrait photographer and shot for UK Vogue, W, and Harper’s Bazaar.

He’s clearly British, as everything looks like Beatrix Potter or some other quaint childrens fairy tale on opium.

He has art directed and photographed brands such as Aquascutum, Juicy, Miss Dior, Caroline Herrara, Fay, and Mulberry.

Aquascutum Ad

One of my favorite editorial spreads was for September 2009’s Harpaars Bazaar when he teamed up with Tim Burton. 

What I really admire is how he manages to make high fashion still look fun, as opposed to the glamorously depressed status quo. He has a permanent collection at the Victoria Albert museum, and I’m kicking myself for not checking it out while I was aimlessly wandering around there for what seemed like weeks on end. Quality art always makes a hangover that less intense, if not a desperate attempt to feel cultured after killing half a liter of Tesco cider.

His portfolio website is available at http://www.timwalkerphotography.com and I highly suggest checking it out.

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