At the Victoria & Albert Museum, a Dream Signed by Tim Walker

At the Victoria & Albert Museum, a Dream Signed by Tim Walker
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“Every shot is a love letter to an object in front of which I stopped,” said Tim Walker, regarding the project that he created for the halls of the Victoria & Albert Museum. Ten new photographic series transform the incredible collections of the London museum into a dazzling contemporary wunderkammer - glass display cases, Indian miniatures, erotic illustrations and precious shoes make their way into the photos of the celebrated fashion photographer, transforming reality into a fantastical dream. Next to his recent works, more than 300 works from the artist’s portfolio, demonstrating the immense talent with which he pushed the limits of fashion photography - from his unusual portraits of Tilda Swinton and Kate Moss to the gothic-baroque atmospheres dedicated to Tim Burton, from his reinterpretation of Alice in Wonderland for the Pirelli Calendar to an homage to surrealist art. In fact, surrealist tones are present in all the work of Walker - just look at the enormous image inspired by the tapestry of Bayeux, one of the museum’s treasures, where the arms are transformed into a vacuum cleaner and an ironing board, or the portrait of Swinton who, with eyebrows styled out of the 1920s, big hair and enormous rings, becomes an alarming alien creature. “Many of the objects that I saw during my studies at the Victoria & Albert Museum filled my heart with beauty,” declared the photographer, “For this reason, I wanted to try and create a photography that not only showed the spectator the aesthetic of the thing itself, but also my emotional reaction in photographing it.”
Francesca Grego - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London