Walker will shoot Pirelli‘s 2018 Calendar in an undisclosed location in London next week – although the concept and cast remain firmly under wraps.
Last year, the iconic calendar underwent a radical makeover under the eyes of Peter Lindbergh, who scrapped its associated overt sexiness and exotic locations in favour of a softer, more natural approach. And it was indeed a resounding success, featuring the likes of Robin Wright, Julianne Moore, Uma Thurman and Nicole Kidman.
Tim Walker shot his first Vogue fashion story at the age of 25, and has been contributing his magical and eccentric images to the magazine ever since. His fascination with photography began in Condé Nast’s London library – where he worked on the Cecil Beaton archive prior to university. A stint as Richard Avedon’s assistant in New York followed, before he returned to London to forge his own career.
Walker received the “Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator” from The British Fashion Council in 2008 as well as the Infinity Award from The International Center of Photography in 2009. In 2012 Walker received an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Photographic Society. The Victoria & Albert Museum and the National Portrait Gallery in London include Walker’s photographs in their permanent collections.
Walker’s approach to the calendar will be a visual spectacle. His work is characterised by its extravagant staging, romantic motifs and fantastical images, and he’s known as one of fashion’s foremost, most exciting photographers.