Invincible tandem – Tim Walker and Pirelli
The wait is finally over! Following the earlier announcement this year that Tim Walker would photograph the Pirelli Calendar 2018 edition, the images are here – and they are definitely worth the wait!
Inspired by fantastic narrative, Tim Walker’s style of photography is a twisted take on Alice in Wonderland, inspired by John Tenniel’s illustrations for Lewis Carroll’s original book. Walker’s reasoning behind the concept was simple: “Any girl should be able to have their own fairytale.”
The calendar presented a stellar all-black cast. Actually, the definition #BlackExcellence features a seemingly never-ending list of creatives from all walks of life including Naomi Campbell, RuPaul, Whoopi Goldberg, Adwoa Aboah, Lupita Nyong’o, King Owusu, Alpha Dia and even Puff Daddy. It is not the first time when Pirelli using an all-black cast, the first time they did it in 1987 edition, however like most earlier editions, the images were way different.
While to most the photos are breathtakingly powerful, only the more cynical will notice that the man behind the camera is, in fact, white! Actually, it would be really hard to name even one superstar black fashion photographer, so all points go to Walker again!
Some facts about Tim Walker.
Tim Walker was following by fashion world for over decades. His extravagant staging and romantic motifs symbolize his clear and unmistakable style. After 15 years of unforgettable photography, T. Walker turned to the movie industry.
The early beginning of Walker has started at the Condé Nast library in London where he worked on the Cecil Beaton archive for a year before university. After 3 years at Exeter College of Art, Walker got his first award as The Independent Young Photographer Of The Year. He worked as a full-time assistant to Richard Avedon in New York City and after this experience, he came back to London and worked for British newspapers.
At the age of 25 he shot his first fashion story for Vogue, and has photographed for the British, Italian, and American editions, as well as W Magazine and LOVE Magazine ever since. From 2008 Walker receiving fashion awards year by year.
In 2010 Walker presented his first short film ”The Lost Explorer” and won the best short film award at the Chicago United Film Festival, 2011. After two years he presented “Storyteller” photographic exhibition and his first book. In 2013 Walker released “The Granny Alphabet”, the unique collection of portraiture and illustration celebrating grandmothers.