A gay photographer is getting an exhibition at a major UK art gallery

The Victoria & Albert museum is one of London's most revered art insinuations

Gay fashion photographer Tim Walker will have a solo show at the Victoria & Albert Museum at the end of this year.

The London institution will pay tribute to Walker’s work, allowing viewers to walk through his imaginative images.

Alongside 10 new photographic projects, Tim Walker: Wonderful Things will feature works across his 25 year career..

‘Going to be a spectacular show’

Curator of the exhibition Susanna Brown told Vogue: ‘The beautiful and eclectic objects housed in the V&A have influenced Tim since the start of his career.

‘He has spent months exploring our collection and delving deep into the museum stores to gain inspiration for his new pictures, which will form the heart of the exhibition.

‘This is a project we’ve been talking about for several years, and it’s going to be a spectacular show.’

Walker’s first major exhibition was held at the Design Museum in London in 2008.

While the V&A exhibition will showcase 300 items and has been curated by Walker’s long-time collaborator Shona Heath.

Many recognizable names in the fashion industry will appear, with models including Alexander McQueen, Lily Cole and Edie Campbell.

The exhibition will run from 21 September until 8 March 2020.

Tickets will go on sale on 13 June 2013.

Who is Tim Walker?

Walker is a fashion photographer who regularly shoots for Vogue, W and Love magazines.

After graduating with a photography degree at Exeter College of Art, Walker moved from London to New York.

There he worked as an assistant under the tutelage of renowned fashion photographer Richard Avedon.

Aged just 25, he shot his first fashion story for Vogue.

Walker, himself gay, initially wanted to be a stylist before pursuing photography.

He told Fashion Tape he ditched styling because: ‘I doubted that by being a man, albeit a gay man, that I could be great to dress women and to portray women.’

In the end, Walker chose photography as a way to tell stories ‘like fairytales and big lies.’

Many of his fashion editorial work include surreal props, such as giant dolls and even replica military planes.

London’s LGBTI art scene

Last year, London’s Hayward Gallery housed the city’s first major drag exhibition at a mainstream art space.

DRAG: Self-portraits and Body Politics expanded on the traditional representations of drag, involving drag queens, drag kings and bio drags (or faux queens) from different generations and backgrounds.

Moreover, it displayed the works of well-known artists, such as Pierre Molinier, Robert Mapplethorpe and Cindy Sherman.

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Author: Josh Milton

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