On Saturday 21 September 2019, the V&A opens its ode to the fantastical world of Tim Walker. The exhibition, Tim Walker: Wonderful Things, presents 10 new photographic projects directly inspired by objects from the V&A archive collections. These objects range from illuminated medieval manuscripts to a 65-metre-long photograph of the Bayeux Tapestry.
The largest exhibition on the photographer to date, Wonderful Things shows over 300 items, spanning photographs, short films, photographic sets, props, scrapbooks and sketches. Featured are some of Walker’s most ambitious fashion fairytales, as well as portraits of decorated luminaries including Sir David Attenborough, David Hockney and performers Björk, Saoirse Ronan and Solange Knowles. Text from Walker brings personal insight into his 25-year-career and celebrates the talents of the stylists, creatives, make-up and hair artists, who help his visions flourish.
The exhibition is curated by the V&A’s Curator of Photographs, Susanna Brown, and is supported with an eponymous V&A publication by Walker and Brown, designed by Melanie Mues. The book will feature contributions from Walker’s collaborators, offering insight into the process, inspiration, and creative partnerships that bring Walker’s work to life.
Tim Walker: Wonderful Things will run from 21 September 2019 to 8 March 2020 in Galleries 38a and 38 at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.