on 22 August 2008
I have just bought this book and can honestly say it is now my absolutely favourite book. Tim Walker's photographs are so imaginative, wacky and beautifully shot, that this book is guaranteed to inspire you. If you have been considering buying this book but perhaps are hesitating over its price as I did, (although there is a considerable discount if you buy it on amazon) I would urge you to buy it now as it is worth every penny. The only problem with it is that it is so huge that I have no idea where I am going to keep it, but no doubt I shall make a space for it somewhere in a prominent position where I can look at it every day!
If you do buy it I hope you enjoy and love it as much as I do.
on 20 July 2008
A sumptuous feast of a book - already a fan of Tim Walker's work, I could not believe just how much this tome does it justice! It's huge in size and heavy in weight, so you can't just flick through it - you are aware of the effort of turning each page. And each page produces a new surprise or delight. Ballerinas pirouetting under a dome of animal skulls. A brook babbling through a baroque bedroom. An enormous cardboard swan, lit with lanterns, washed up on a windswept beach. None of this has been electronically manipulated - it's all 'real'.
This volume should deight artists, designers, photographers, fashionistas, theatrical folk and all those who love fairytales. Walker is generous with the pages of his scrapbooks - it's fascinating to trace his creativity through the sources of his inspiration. A terrific buy.
on 28 August 2009
I do not own a lot of album books, but will keep this one forever. I saw a lot of his work online, but it looks way different in a book. I loved selection of photos that have been chosen, I loved every single one of them and got extremely surprised by reading little note in the end saying that none of photographs were digitally edited.
There were some that looked so dreamy and unreal, that you wouldn`t believe there weren`t touched by PS.
I also liked this additional fact that book was covered in carton box with cover picture on it, creating perfect protection for the book.
Book was very inspiring, seeing his sketches made me see my own ones from the past and it brought warm feeling. His creative head is full of ideas, full of unconventional situations. I simply love it ! ... and would recommend it as a perfect gift for photography lovers, especially creative ones.
- hard cover + carton box with the same picture as on the book cover (additional protection)
- great selection of pictures
- size of pictures inside - they are big
- sketches that show what he had in mind - great inspiration
- unknown pictures that are not online, showing him not only as fashion/conceptual photographer, but also great catcher for other situations
hmmm, I can`t think of any at the moment ;)
on 25 May 2009
This book is truly beautiful, a modern masterpiece. I bought it after hearing fantastic reviews and every word I had heard rang true in the pages. I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in photography and the beautiful art this medium can produce. Tim Walker is a visionary genius.
on 5 December 2011
This item was bought for me as a birthday present, and it is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful things I own! Page after page of Tim Walker gorgeousness with excerpts from his scrapbooks and rare editorials. HUGE full colour pages on lovely quality paper, reading this book is an escapism into the wonderful strang world that Mr. Walker creates. It's one of my pocessions I would attempt to save in a fire! I love it that much!!
on 8 January 2013
I read in another review that this book is a "mammoth book" and I had imagined it to be an A4, fairly deep, standard art book size, I was wrong. This book is giant A3 with double-page spreads, but it really is an amazing book, I bought it for my girlfriend as a Christmas present and had a cheeky read before wrapping it up; it's such an inspirational read whilst being extremely thought-provoking. Walker writes about different shoots, his inspirations for particular features and includes scrapbook drawings of the ideas for pictures which offers a very beautiful insight into his creative process and may indeed help yours. The first few pages, a short foreword if I remember correctly, are translated into a few different languages at the beginning but it's still rather interesting, so don't be disheartened when you open the book and it's in German, it's English for the rest of it. I'd highly recommend it not just for photography lovers but art lovers in general. 5/5