Tim Walker: Wonderful Things

Photo 1 Cloud 9, 2018, Tim Walker. Model: Radhika Nair; Fashion: Halpern, Dolce & Gabbana. Pershore, Worcestershire. Chromogenic print. © Tim Walker Studio, Photo 2 Salvia as Queen, 2022, Tim Walker. London. Inkjet print. Courtesy of the artist. © 2022 Tim Walker, Photo 3 Pen and Ink, 2017, Tim Walker. Model: Kiki Willems; Fashion: Chanel. London. Chromogenic print. © Tim Walker Studio, on view through August 20, 2023, GETTY CENTER

  • By Sean James
  • Photos Courtesy of Getty Center

The Tim Walker: Wonderful Things exhibit at the Getty Museum is a must-see for anyone who appreciates the art of photography. Walker is known for his unique and surreal portraits, and this exhibition showcases some of his most iconic works as well as a new series inspired by the Getty and V&A collections.

One of the most striking aspects of the exhibit is the sheer scale of the photographs. Many of them are several feet tall and wide, filling the walls with vibrant colors and intricate details. The larger-than-life size of the images allows the viewer to fully immerse themselves in the fantastical worlds that Walker has created.

The exhibition is also a testament to the power of collaboration in the creative process. Alongside Walker’s photographs are displays of the work of his creative team, including set designers, stylists, and makeup artists. Seeing the behind-the-scenes process of how these images were created adds a new level of appreciation for the artistry involved.

One of the standout features of the exhibit is the new series of photographs inspired by the Getty and V&A collections. Walker’s research into the museums’ archives led him to create a series of images that blend historical objects with his signature whimsy. For example, one photograph features a model dressed in a gown made entirely of antique lace, standing in front of a portrait of a woman wearing a similar dress. The result is a stunning juxtaposition of past and present, and a testament to the enduring power of art across time.

The exhibit, on view now until August 20, 2023, is presented in both English and Spanish, making it accessible to a wide range of visitors. It is also accompanied by a catalog that provides additional context and insight into Walker’s work.

Overall, the Tim Walker: Wonderful Things exhibit is a mesmerizing journey into a world of imagination and beauty. It showcases the power of photography as an art form and the importance of collaboration in the creative process. Whether you’re a photography enthusiast or simply looking for a visually stunning experience, this exhibition is not to be missed.

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