Tim Walker at the V&A

“Tim Walker, Wonderful Things” will be staged at the Victoria & Albert Museum from 21 September 2019 to 8 March 2020. This is one of the most anticipated exhibitions this year. Prepared for three years, this large-scale retrospective will mark a turning point in the photographer’s career. Around 300 works will be exhibited, and among them more than a hundred photographs.

“To me, the V&A has always been a palace of dreams – it’s the most inspiring place in the world. The museum’s collection is so wide and eclectic, and I think that’s why it resonates with me so much. Many of the objects that I saw during my research at the museum made my heart swell and I wanted to try to create a photograph that would relate not only to the physical presence and beauty of that object, but also to my emotional reaction to it. Each new shoot is a love letter to an object from the V&A collection, and an attempt to capture my encounter with the sublime. For me, beauty is everything. I’m interested in breaking down the boundaries that society has created, to enable more varied types of beauty and the wonderful diversity of humanity to be celebrated. Preparing for this exhibition over the past three years has pushed me into new territories, which is very exciting, and I’m at a stage in my life where I feel brave enough to do that.” Tim Walker said in a statement.

A master in the art of storytelling, Tim Walker has sharpened his eye among the greatest: the British Cecil Beaton – whom he considers his greatest source inspiration – or Richard Avedon which he was the assistant from 1994. For brands such as Balenciaga, Comme des Garcons, Alexander McQueen, Rick Owens, he has staged fantastic campaigns that mix British identity’s traits, baroque features and enchanting situations.