Tim Walker Is Taking a Year-Long Sabbatical From Fashion

by Aria Darcella
Tim Walker

It’s a bittersweet day for fashion photography fans. This weekend the highly anticipated exhibit Tim Walker: Wonderful Things opens at the Victoria & Albert Museum. To promote it, Walker spoke to the New York Times about the show. Unfortunately, towards the end of the story the legendary photographer reveals what he’ll be doing after it opens: taking a “yearlong sabbatical from fashion work.”


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Sure, it’s only a year. But even a short hiatus will leave a void in exceptionally creative editorials, covers, and campaigns. From elsewhere in the piece, however, it sounds like Walker is a bit over fashion in general. “I’m not at all motivated by the wheel of fashion and commerce,” he said. However, as writer Elizabeth Paton notes, many of the images in a photo project at the heart of the exhibit — which were inspired by objects found in the museum’s collection — feature pieces of high fashion.


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“We had a certain budget but it wasn’t going to be enough for all I had envisioned and the right caliber of crew,” he explained. “So I went to some magazine editors, who really let me run with the ideas — though I didn’t explain that I was doing it for the museum as it would have got complicated.”

Tim Walker: Wonderful Things opens September 21st at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. It runs through March 8, 2020.

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