Photographic Practice: Tim Walker Research (Studio)

In this blog post we will be looking at some more of my research on Tim Walker for the studio project.

Tim Walker is a British born Fashion photographer, who regularly shoots images for Vogue, W and Love Magazine. Walker’s fashion images are never about the clothes, they are about a story Walker wants to tell. Stefano Tonchi editor of W magazine described Walker “not the kind of guy you can call and say: ‘I have 12 white dresses. Can you shoot them against a blank drop?’ ”. Walker’s famous response is “I’m not so motivated by fashion and brands… We’ve gone into a super-commercial moment, … There has never been more fashion, but it’s never been more bland.” Tim still shoots on Medium format film, and he uses a Pentax 67 Medium Format Film Camera and a Pentax K1000 35mm film Camera.

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This is not my image, the copyrights to this image are Tim Walker’s

The first portrait is of Keira Knightley, for W magazines The Movie Issue 2015. The Movie Issue covers W’s actors to look out for in a specific year. They have one photographer shoot all of the actors for the issue. All of the photographs done for The Movie Issue by Tim Walker show his style. This portrait of Keira Knightley is odd as there hasn’t been another portrait of Keira Knightley with virtually no hair before. The portrait comes across as slightly surreal as it emphasises the perfection within shape of her face. There was one large studio flash potentially a soft-box was used on the sitter, as there is a shadow on the left side of her face. Then there must have been at least one studio light on the backdrop, it might have been the same light used on the sitter. The portrait has an overall high key lighting style.

 

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This is not my image, the copyrights to this image are Tim Walker’s

The second portrait is from American Vogue the September 2015 issue and is a fashion portrait of Raquel Zimmermann. It was used within an article around the theme “Into the Woods”. The portrait tackles the theme head on with elements from trees around the model and on the model. Though it is taken in the studio, it feels like the model has been taken out of a forest to be photographed.

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