Pictures is a collection of photographs by Tim Walker, perhaps my favorite modern fashion photographer. It’s a large tome that includes a huge array of his brilliant work and, perhaps even more fascinating, glimpses into his artistic process.
Readers of British Vogue are, I’m sure, familiar with Tim Walker’s work. His photo are distinctly romantic and striking, often making use of outdoor locations or big elaborate sets. What I love best about his work is that each photo seems to capture a certain theatricality, like a tiny play condensed into a single moment. They’re unapologetically staged and totally unreal, but the characters he creates are so compelling. That seems to me the heart of fashion, in a way.
I also loved looking into his sketchbooks and seeing the formulations of ideas and inspiration.
I had a hard time picking my favorites as I flipped through the book, so here are a whole bunch.