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Out & About: Tim Walker at the V&A

The V&A’s latest exhibition is an immersive journey into the fantastical worlds created by photographer Tim Walker.

A world-renowned photographer with a knack for extravagance and romance, Tim Walker has an unmistakable style which has graced the pages of the biggest fashion magazines around the globe.

The exhibition takes you on a journey through Walker’s work, from his early beginnings as a young man in the British countryside to his notoriety in high fashion.

It rounds up and reveals his muses in a wealth of glossy magazine spreads, including a striking series of portraits of Tilda Swinton posing as her distant relative, the poet Dame Edith Sitwell. These images are a celebration of colour and individuality.

Throughout the exhibition, the viewer is engaged with Walker’s work through a series of special thematic installations, each one influenced by specific items from the V&A’s collection.

Some highlights include the ‘Shadow Series’, where Walker’s fashion photography is inspired by Aubrey Beardsley’s (1872-1898) dark art nouveau monochromatic illustrations in black ink.

Vibrant Indian illustrations, depicting swirling fabrics, billowing clouds and phantasmagorical scenes of Krishna and Indra, become the starting point for a fashion shoot in Pershore, Worcestershire, 2018.

This exhibition is an adventure through the bright light and dark, the intimate and flamboyant, the large and small.

After being exposed to the photography, we also got a chance to examine moving images, costumes, and photographic sets, giving us a detailed look into Walker’s ‘behind the scenes’. It is a truly magical way to get acquainted with how he puts these enchanting and exquisite scenes together.

We would highly recommend a visit!

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