Wonderful things is the perfect title for this exhibition of Tim Walkers amazing work. From the beginning to the end I defy anyone to see his photography as anything but extraordinary. “Extravagant staging and romantic motifs characterise his unmistakable style” .
The exhibition showcases over 300 items, encompassing photographs and the V&A objects that inspired them, photographic sets and props, scrapbooks and sketches. Visitors are taken on a journey through Walkers “enchanted world”.
The show begins with 100 pictures from previous projects displayed in a “sleek white space"; his unique approach to visual story telling blurs fantasy and reality, creating pictures that can be lavish, surreal, humorous and touching. His photographs share a sensibility that is unmistakably his own.
The main exhibition contrasts with the brightness of the first gallery to reveal a darker environment rich with texture colour and sound. The first of these three rooms is illuminations and on display stained glass panels and illuminated manuscripts; these treasures inspired Walker’s pictures which hang close by.
Each of the rooms takes you on a different journey to reveal the objects that inspired Walker’s pictures. Towards the end of the exhibition a room, as if from a country house awaits you. The walls are hung with multiple portraits inspired by Edith Sitwell’s clothing in the V&A collection. Don’t take my word for it, come and be dazzled by ‘Wonderful Things’.
Tim Walker Wonderful Things at the V&A Museum South Kensington
Until 28 March