London-based photographer and director.
Born in the outskirts of London, photographer and filmmaker Daisy Walker studied French and Spanish at university before moving to Paris, and then to Chile. She now lives in London.
In the years since, she has worked with clients including Burberry, Cos, Farfetch, JW Anderson, Loewe, Maison Margiela, Nike, and Victoria Beckham, including directing films for Maison Margiela, Vivienne Westwood, Maje, and Stella McCartney.
A powerful, evocative view of the human body and its relationship to the natural world are themes that run through her work. A passionate environmentalist, it was growing up in the countryside that she found her love of both nature and horses, working with them from a very early age which lead to competitive showjumping at a national level and a lifelong connection to horses and the environment that often runs through her work.
An intimate, distinctive, and compassionate focus on the female form and experience has defined much of her work, both personal and commercial. A survivor of sexual abuse, Walker learnt to process past trauma through the medium of nude self-portraiture, a healing and resilient exploration of her relationship to her body. In 2018, she released ‘Solace’, a series of nudes published as postcards sold to raise money for Solace Women’s Aid – a charity offering support for survivors of rape and domestic violence. The project was featured in i-D, Dazed & Confused, and Twin Magazine. In 2020, while in isolation, she created a series of self-nudes for Stella McCartney.
She founded the non-profit Women in Fashion – which was recognised on the Dazed 100 and featured in British Vogue – as a safe space for people in a notoriously difficult industry to come together, share, and advocate for change.
While WIF closed in 2020, Walker has continued to champion women in the industry and challenge systems of inequality.
Text by Emma Hope Allwood
- Dazed & Confused
- Hot Hot Hot,
- Vogue Ukraine
- JW Anderson
- Maison Margiela
- Stella McCartney
- The Real Real
- Victoria Beckham
‘Reunion’, Ssōne, 17 Chiltern Street, London, November 2020
‘Woman’, Rapideye, London, 2019. Curated by Daisy & featuring Jamie Hawkesworth, Larissa Hoffman, Eddie Wrey, Laura Jane Coulson & Sam Rock among others.
‘Swipecast: Nouvelle Guard’, New York, 2017
WOMEN IN FASHION
Daisy Walker founded Women in Fashion in 2015 as a grass-roots organisation providing people of all genders in the fashion industry with a platform to discuss issues in order to provoke change. It expanded quickly to include intimate sessions, panel talks, exhibitions, mentoring events, industry lobbying and a monthly radio show on Foundation.fm. Women in Fashion has appeared in British Vogue, i-D, Love, AnOther, Dazed, and partnered with the British Fashion Council, Twin Magazine, and The Communications Store.
With a sustainable mindset integral to her output, Daisy Walker focuses a large portion of her work on the theme of environment and the human relationship to nature. In January 2020, she worked with The Communication Store to survey the industry on their thoughts on paper invites to London Fashion Week in order to urge key London-based designers to forgo paper waste for the February 2020 shows. This project had an almost 100% success rate. In February 2020 Daisy partnered with Chan Photographic to collect and reuse plastic film canisters to donate to the Whitechapel Mission on an on-going basis, repurposing the containers to be used for toiletries by the homeless.
Wherever possible Daisy aims to operate on an entirely plastic-free production, opting for green means of travel & zero paper waste.