We’re deep into the recesses of a bleak and very cold January but luckily the cover for Hatje Cantz’s book I Love Pictures! Tim Walker is the perfect antidote for the all-pervasive grey of the sky.
Published in 2007 to accompany an exhibition in Hanover, Germany at the kestnergesellschaft this is a monograph on the fashion photographer’s work, created a year before teNeue's larger and more commercial book (with not such a fun cover!).
The cover image is half of Beds on Cars (Northumberland, England, 2004) shot by Walker for Italian Vogue. The other half of the image appears on the back cover. One can guess that the shoot was to advertise fabrics but, as with so many of Walker’s magazine photographs, the product is secondary to his own fantastical world. English eccentricity, faded grandeur and surreal composition combine to make this delightful and witty image. It’s typical of the rest of the images that make up this smile-inducing book.
Beds on Cars, Northumberland, England, Italian Vogue - Photo © Tim Walker, 2004
I dream of living in a wooded glade, camping out under the stars à la Famous Five, the Princess and the Pea on her quilted bed.
“I Love Pictures!”, especially if they’re by Tim Walker.
(I Love Pictures! Tim Walker, edited by Veit Görner & Caroline Käding, Hatje Cantz & kestnergesellschaft, 2007)