Born in England in 1970, Tim Walker's fascination with photography began in Condé Nast's very own library in London - where the photographer worked on the Cecil Beaton archive as part of a year's work experience prior to going to university. His work - underpinned by a magical and eccentric charm - has since gone on to grace the pages of Vogue, where he continues to wow with his extravagant settings and theatrical characters.
Walker came third in The Independent newspaper photography awards which led to a three-year photography BA (Hons) degree at Exeter College of Art. After graduating in 1994, Walker worked as a freelance photography assistant in London before moving to New York to work full-time as assistant to Richard Avedon. When he returned to England, he initially focused his attention on portrait and documentary work for UK newspapers. Walker shot his first fashion story for Vogue at the age of 25. In 2008, his first major show was held at the Design Museum in London and coincided with the publication of his first book, entitled Pictures. Walker received the Isabella Blow award for Fashion Creator at the British Fashion Awards in 2008. In May 2009, he received an infinity award from The International Centre of Photography in New York for his work as a fashion photographer. Both the Victoria & Albert Museum and the National Portrait Gallery in London have photographs of Tim Walker in their permanent collections. Walker has shot two front covers for British Vogue - Lily Cole on the July 2005 cover and Stella Tenant on the November 2005 issue.