Tim Walker

Born: London, England, 1970

Tim Walker was born in England in 1970. His fascination for photography and most particularly in the field of fashion began very early when he worked on Cecil Beaton’s archive at the Condé Nast library as part of his last university year’s work experience. After graduating from Exeter Art College in 1994 he started working as a freelance-photography assistant in London. Soon after, he moved to New York where he worked as a full time assistant to photographer Richard Avedon.

Aged 25 he came back to England and shot his first fashion series for Vogue Magazine, and has since been working with its British, Italian and American editions as well as for Harper’s Bazaar and W Magazine.

He has worked on two covers of the British edition of Vogue Magazine – the first one featuring Lily Cole in July 2005, and the second one featuring Stella Tenant in November of the same year.

He was also chosen for his extravagant and theatrical style to work on advertising campaigns for clients including Gap, Comme des Garçons, Barneys and Yohji Yamamoto.

“I don’t intellectualize things, it’s purely about having fun!”

His first exhibition was held at the Design Museum in London in 2008, a venue coinciding with the publication of his book “Pictures”. The same year he also received an Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography in New York for his work in fashion photography. Since, his work has been exhibited in the long term collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the National Portrait Gallery in London.

In 2010 he received an ASME award for his portfolio entitled “East Enders” then published in W Magazine. The same year he shot his first short film “The Lost Explorer” which premiere’s took place at the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland.

In 2019, Tim Walker shot the album artwork for Harry Styles’ second album, Fine Line.

He today lives in London and still works around the world as a fashion photographer.

Tim Walker Biography

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Written by Marine Lazarus

Marine Lazarus, an Anglo-French photographer who moved to UK 3 years ago to study journalism at Brunel University in London. Marine is responsible for our Photographers Biographies section.

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