Synopses & Reviews
A stunning photography collection from world-renowned fashion photographer Tim Walker, Story Teller
showcases his signature fantastic style with some of the biggest names in fashion and contemporary culture. Walker is one of the most exciting photographers of our time, and his flamboyant styleandmdash;often tongue-in-cheek but always exquisitely executedandmdash;places him in the line of brilliant eccentrics from Cecil Beaton to David LaChapelle. Showcasing 170 photographs through Walkerandrsquo;s most recent work, the book features many A-listers in fashion and Hollywood, including Tilda Swinton, Helena Bonham Carter, and Alber Elbaz. The book includes a foreword by Kate Bush, an introduction by writer Robin Muir, and an afterword by Tim Walker.
Praise for Tim Walker: Story Teller:
andldquo;A delight.andrdquo; andmdash;The New York Times
andldquo;Youandrsquo;ll delight in the fashion photographerandrsquo;s visual daydreams.andrdquo; andmdash;DuJour magazine
Selected in andldquo;Guide to coffee table books as holiday gifts.andrdquo; andmdash;Associated Press
andldquo;I canandrsquo;t wait to have his greatest hits in one book.andrdquo; andmdash;W magazine
andldquo;This book will make you stretch your own imagination as well.andrdquo; andmdash;The Denver Post
"Famed fashion photographer Walker shares a new collection assembled from the world's most famous magazines (including Vogue, Vanity Fair, W, the New Yorker, a follow-up to 2008's Pictures timed to coincide with a major exhibition at Somerset House in London. Aided by an introduction by Robin Muir, foreword by Kate Bush, and Walker's own afterword, these extravagantly choreographed, fantastical images never fail to deliver a jolt. They are usually disconcerting, and often have a downright wonderful sense of humor and play, as in a human windup doll. A holdout for shooting on film, Walker has an uncanny gift for stretching a moment and playing with time. This strength perhaps explains the cheeky dignity he lends his elderly subjects, whose portraits temper Walker's usual archness with a welcome humanity. His images are stunningly vivid, sometimes over-bright in the manner of Avedon, whom Walker assisted. Many of his models wear facial expressions so flat and affect-free as to appear proxies for mannequins, suspended between worlds and struck hollow in the process. Like Avedon, Walker knows how to strip the human face of warmth to electrifying effect, and that tension between these macabre, morose faces and the comic elements in Walker's visions gives the work its dynamism. This unresolved tension, always at the heart of Walker's work, makes it perpetually thrilling. 170 color illus." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
This monumental survey is the first to do justice to Cecil Beatonandrsquo;s astonishing photographic career spanning six decades, from the 1920s to the 1970s. To create it, Mark Holborn thoroughly explored Beatonandrsquo;s vast studio archive, revealing an artist of extraordinary energy and ambition who made definitive portraits of the leading figures of his time, including Pablo Picasso, Gertrude Stein, Greta Garbo, Audrey Hepburn, Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon, David Hockney, and Mick Jagger. Beaton immerses the reader in memorable social and cultural scenes, including the ceremony of the British royal family, the society of the 1920s, the glamour of Hollywood, the drama of World War II, the high artistic bohemia of Paris and London, and the pop royalty of the 1960s.
Holborn contributes an introductory essay, and Annie Leibovitz offers an appreciation of Beaton as a portrait photographer.
About the Author
has edited and contributed essays to many photographic books, including projects with Nan Goldin, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, and William Eggleston. He lives in England.
Annie Leibovitz is a highly celebrated American photographer. She lives in New York City.