Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews for the V&A’s exhibition exploring the photographer’s creative progress.
The Independent: “Rarely for an exhibition of this size, Walker’s voice is more present than that of the curators (despite his careful celebrations of the latter). Visitors are led by his own words on labels that explain the thought process behind each shoot. It’s an affectingly personal approach.”
The Telegraph: ** “It’s hard to know who benefits from this whole hook-up. Certainly not Walker, whose first-rate talent seems restricted by the demand he be reactive rather than purely creative. Not the V&A, whose treasures barely get a look-in. Nor the visitor trying to make some sense of all this. The show’s title may promise wonderful things, but they are few and far between.”
The Guardian: “In general, the mood is vibrant and upbeat. Grace Jones is lit up in devilish red; a model appears Joan of Arc-like with shorn head, sword and halo, as stained glass light ripples over her body. Walker muse Tilda Swinton appears, staring defiantly at the camera, wearing gold turban and gobstopper rings, her eyebrows calligraphy lines, in a series inspired by her distant relative, the poet Edith Sitwell.”
Evening Standard: **** “The star of this show is Walker’s imagination. His message: in a world of uncertainty, the ability to escape it all is a truly wonderful thing.”
Time Out: ***** “Fantastical. Fairytale. Magical. Lot of words are used to describe the photography of Tim Walker, but rarely this one: sex. Yet as this exuberant solo exhibition at the V&A proves, the British photographer’s special brand of surrealism, honed over decades working for fashion magazines, is far from saccharine innocence.”
iNews: **** “Beaton’s influence is evident throughout, and for good reason: one of Walker’s first jobs was cataloguing Vogue’s Beaton archive. Aside from the props and visual tricks, he shares with Beaton a real ability as a portraitist, and this, in the end is surely what makes his great photographs more than just fashion shots.”
Culture Whisper: ***** “The diversity of the inspirational objects, Walker’s models and the visual language of the images themselves means that this is an exhibition to savour, looking up, down and all around in order to take in every detail.”
Tim Walker: Wonderful Things is on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum until the 8th March 2020.