Kestner Gesellschaft

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14 Sep - 04 Nov 2007

14 September – 04 November 2007

As prelude to the new exhibition series kestnerdiscoveries, which presents promising young, but at times unknown artists, the kestnergesellschaft in Hanover dedicates an exhibition to Tim Walker. This is the first project of Tim Walker in a contemporary art institution. He plans not only to show over 100 of his photographs, but as well his scrapbooks which trace the entire working process of his photographs from conception to finished image.

Tim Walker is among the most celebrated and influential contemporary fashion photographers. He has chosen tobreak away from convention pursuing a personal and an idiosyncratic vision which places him in the context of other ground breaking fashion photographers such as Steven Meisel, Jürgen Teller or Nick Knight. Walker's process of generating his images is complex and labour intensive. The final scenarios are painstakingly developed through detailed storyboards. The photographs are characterised by a pervading air of romantic innocence. For Vogue Tim Walker has travelled the world extensively, visiting places such as Russia, Papua New Guinea and India with models, stylists, photographic assistants and set designers, to produce images far removed from what would conventionally be described as commercial fashion photography. Out of these real locations he produces dream like images, which can be seen in a tradition of Romantic painting and photography from the 19th century Pre-Raphaelites through Surrealism in the first half of the 20th century to the photographic work of Cecil Beaton or Angus McBean.

The English photographer Tim Walker (b. 1970) started his professional career as a fashion photographer aged 25 shooting a fashion story for British Vogue. He had just arrived back from New York where he had been a full time assistant to Richard Avedon. He has since worked consistently for the British, American, Italian and Japanese editions of Vogue, also contributing to W and ID magazine. Tim Walker lives in London.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue in German and English which is planned as an artist's book. The publication will contain texts by Veit Görner, Caroline Käding as well as an essay by Robin Muir, former picture editor of Vogue and writer on photography for the Sunday Times Newspaper and will provide an introduction and a comprehensive insight into the work.

Tags: Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, Veit Görner