Tim Walker

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Tim Walker
British Photographer Tim Walker in 2010.jpg
EducationExeter College of Art and Design
Years active1994 - Present
Notable workWonderful Things exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Harry Styles' Fine Line album photoshoot

Timothy Walker HonFRPS (born 1970) is a British fashion photographer who regularly works for Vogue, W and Love magazines.[1][2] He is based in London.[3]

Life and career[edit]

Walker was born in England in 1970.[4] His interest in photography began at the Condé Nast library in London where he worked on the Cecil Beaton archive for a year before college.[4] After obtaining an HBC in Photography at Exeter College of Art and Design, Walker was awarded a third prize as The Independent Young Photographer Of The Year.[5]

Upon leaving college in 1994, Walker worked as a freelance photographic assistant in London before moving to New York City as a full-time assistant to Richard Avedon.[4] When he returned to England, he initially concentrated on portrait and documentary work for British newspapers.[5] At the age of 25 he shot his first fashion story for Vogue, and has photographed for the British, Italian, and American editions.[4] He has also shot notable covers for W Magazine, i-D, Vanity Fair, Another Man, and Better Homes and Gardens Magazine.[3][6]

In 2019, Tim Walker shot the album artwork for Harry Styles' second album, Fine Line.[7]


  • Tim Walker's "The Garden of Earthly Delights" on display at the Noordbrabants Museum in 2018.
    Pictures, Design Museum, London, 2008[2][8]
  • Story Teller, Somerset House, London, 2012/2013[9][10]
  • Dreamscapes, Bowes Museum, Durham, UK, 2013. Curated by Greville Worthington. Work beyond the pages of Vogue and Vanity Fair.[11][12]
  • Wonderful Things, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2019/2020, Galleries 38 and 38a[13][14] Consisting of 10 rooms containing new projects, each one inspired by various artefacts from the V&A. Over the course of three years, Walker visited the V&A’s numerous storerooms, met with curators and technicians, even scaled the roof of the museum and climbed through the Victorian passages underneath it, in search of the items that would inspire each series.
  • Wonderful People, Michael Hoppen Gallery, London, 2019/2020[15]


Walker's book, The Garden of Earthly Delights, was inspired by the Hieronymous Bosch painting of the same name.
  • Tim Walker. Stern Portfolio. teNeues, 2006. ISBN 3570196860
  • Pictures. teNeues, 2008. ISBN 3832733280
  • The Lost Explorer. teNeues, 2011. ISBN 9783832794460
  • Story Teller. Thames & Hudson, 2012. ISBN 9780500544204.
  • The Granny Alphabet. Thames & Hudson, 2013. ISBN 9780500544266.
  • The Garden of Earthly Delights.
  • Shoot for the Moon. Thames & Hudson, 2019. ISBN 9780500545027.
  • Wonderful Things, V&A 2019, ISBN 9781851779710.


Short films directed by Walker[edit]

  • The Lost Explorer (BBC Films, 2010)[16]
  • The Mechanical Man of the Moon (2014)
  • The Muse (2014)
  • The Magic Paintbrush (2016)

Music videos co-directed by Walker[edit]



Walker's photography is held in the archives of the following collections:

Other work can be located in two permanent collection galleries, featuring two of his films -

The Steadfast Tin Soldier • The Modern Media Gallery, Room 99

The Rebel Belle • Theatre & Performance, Room 104


  1. ^ Lewis, Tim (15 September 2019). "Tim Walker: 'There's an extremity to my interest in beauty'". The Observer. ISSN 0029-7712. Retrieved 5 January 2020 – via www.theguardian.com.
  2. ^ a b "V&A to show biggest-ever exhibition of fashion photographer Tim Walker". The Independent. 21 March 2019. Archived from the original on 7 May 2022. Retrieved 5 January 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Tim Walker". artreview.com. Retrieved 22 June 2022.
  4. ^ a b c d YES. "Tim Walker". Tim Walker. Retrieved 22 June 2022.
  5. ^ a b "Tim Walker". British Vogue. 19 July 2010. Retrieved 22 June 2022.
  6. ^ April 26, Lou Stoppard; 2022. "Exclusive: Harry Styles Reveals the Meaning Behind His New Album, 'Harry's House'". Better Homes & Gardens. Retrieved 22 June 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  7. ^ Greenwood, Douglas (5 November 2019). "everything you need to know about harry styles' new album cover". i-D. Retrieved 6 July 2022.
  8. ^ "Tim Walker-Pictures". Design Museum. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  9. ^ "Tim Walker: Story Teller exhibition at Somerset House". Somerset House. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  10. ^ Cochrane, Lauren (18 October 2012). "Tim Walker: Story Teller exhibition at Somerset House". Wallpaper. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  11. ^ "Tim Walker 'Dreamscapes', Bowes Museum, Durham".
  12. ^ "Tim Walker: Dreamscapes". Art Fund. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  13. ^ Marriott, Hannah (16 September 2019). "Tim Walker: Wonderful Things review – a vibrant and upbeat V&A show". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 5 January 2020 – via www.theguardian.com.
  14. ^ "Tim Walker at the V&A Review: A bewitching ode to art, artefact and fashion". The Independent. 18 September 2019. Archived from the original on 7 May 2022. Retrieved 5 January 2020.
  15. ^ "Tim Walker - Works". Michael Hoppen Gallery. Retrieved 5 January 2020.
  16. ^ Hume, Marion (12 August 2010). "The Lost Explorer: Tim Walker's flight of fancy". ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 5 January 2020 – via www.telegraph.co.uk.
  17. ^ "British Fashion Awards- 2008". British Fashion Council. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  18. ^ "Infinity Awards 2009". International Center of Photography. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  19. ^ "Chicago United Film Festival Website".
  20. ^ "Royal Photographic Society Awards 2012" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 December 2013.
  21. ^ "Tim Walker photographs in the V&A Collection".
  22. ^ "Best photographs from the V&A collection, in pictures". The Telegraph. 5 April 2017. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 5 January 2020 – via www.telegraph.co.uk.
  23. ^ "Tim Walker - Person - National Portrait Gallery". www.npg.org.uk.

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