Tim Walker is one of Britain's leading fashion photographers so it's perhaps no suprise he won the Isabella Blow Award For Fashion Creator at the British Fashion Awards last night. His work is characterised by lavish sets, high drama, gorgeous colour and sumptuous romanticism. His photographs are a perfect marriage of the perfectly absurd, the utterly fabulous and the undeniably chic. And his inspiring images have established him as one of the busiest photographers in the world. He started humbly enough. A work placement in Vogue found him in the bowels of the magazine office cataloguing Cecil Beaton's negatives. A creative passion evolved and Tim's work is often reminiscent of Beaton's off beat Britishness. He served his professional apprenticeship with another living fashion legend as assistant to photographer Richard Avedon in NY. But got his first break in the business owing to fateful accident. Towards the end of his career, Avedon liked to sit cross legged on the floor to direct his photographic sittings but he needed someone to help him to his feet afterwards. As Tim remembers: ‘One day I pulled him up but then, for some reason, I let go too early and dropped him. He went apeshit. In front of 40 people. I got despatched back to England.' Luckily for us, it was the impetus he needed to launch a career that earlier this year was celebrated with an exhibition at The Design Museum and last night with one of the British Fashion Council's most prestigious awards.
26 November 2008
Tim Walker wins the BFA's Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator
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