Published on November 7, 2012 | by Billie-Jade Thomas

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Insect orchestra and 15ft doll on show

Extravagant props form centre pieces in the exhibition space [Helen Hasse]

Rating: ★★★★★

Taking over the East Wing Galleries at Somerset House, Tim Walker’s must-see Story Teller exhibition invites visitors to explore a world of fantasy in the heart of Central London.

Walker’s exciting and unique take on fashion photography is captured in all of its essence in this exhibition, which features an extensive collection of his most recent fashion shoots, magazine editorials, portraits and personal photographs.

Arguably one of the most influential fashion photographers working today, Tim Walker is renowned for his inspiring originality and quirky images.

His work has graced the covers of magazines such as Vogue – British, French, Italian and American – Vanity Fair and W for over a decade and to say that he has worked with the majority of fashion’s leading names would be an understatement.

The exhibition, supported by Mulberry whose campaigns Walker has shot for the past four seasons, showcases his photography from the past five years. It could definitely be said that the exhibition itself contains enough substance to represent a lifetime’s worth of work.

Elaborate oversized props, including a creepy 15-foot tall doll, a magical swan boat and an orchestra played by insects feature as centrepieces for each room.

They are undoubtedly one of the exhibition’s most unique and memorable features although it is the images themselves that steal the show.

Each image, characterised by Walker’s trademark use of colour and humour, has been brought to life with the help of their white backdrop. Featuring prominent themes such as childhood, death and fear, the images are easy to relate to and to understand, whilst remaining eye-opening, amusing and imaginative.

The list of designers whose creations feature within the images showcased in the exhibition is endless – from Dior to Meadham Kirchhoff, from Mary Katrantzou to Valentino-many of fashion’s latest and greatest designers are included, showing the variation of Walker’s infamous collaborations.

Along with an impressive list of designers the exhibition also features an array of famous faces. Kate Moss, Vivienne Westwood, Agyness Deyn, Grace Coddington, the cast of the Monty Python’s Flying Circus and a poignant portrait of the late Alexander McQueen are just a few that are featured in the exhibition, along with many others.

As the title of the exhibition suggests the role of story telling is heavily featured throughout. Within each room and within each individual image Walker tells a different story; one that you will come away wanting to hear time and time again.

Much like Walker’s work, the exhibition is extravagant, ambitious and entirely unmissable.

Open until January 27 2013, Daily 10am-6pm at the East Wing Galleries, Somerset House. Admission is free.

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