The Granny Alphabet

The Granny Alphabet is a two-volume celebration of the wisdom, eccentricity, spirit and style of our dear grandmothers.

The Granny Alphabet

It’s a collaborative project by artist photographer Tim Walker – known usually for his flamboyant and surreal fashion photography – and fashion illustrator Lawrence Mynott, who has created an accompanying A-Z of grandmas.

The Granny Alphabet

Source: Tim Walker

Book one is a collection of granny portraiture by Walker, focusing on  showing grannies in their finest with a few contextual shots and some verses by Kit Hesketh-Harvey, which have the effect of making each granny look as bonkers as possible.

The Granny Alphabet

Source: Lawrence Mynott

Book two defines granny archetypes, literally to the letter, with some accompanying illustrated examples. For example C is for Chic, M is for Mink, and X is for X-ray, (when is it not?)

The Granny Alphabet

Source: Tim Walker

Thames and Hudson has these rib ticklers down as ‘gently humourous’ but you might take heart from the fact that Walker will be donating all sale proceeds to Friends of The Elderly.

The Granny Alphabet

Source: Lawrence Mynott

A great many of the photographs will have you saying ahhhhh, some will have you chuckling and others, like young Ursula, who is pictured in a flying saucer, will have you reveling in Walker’s surrealism.

The Granny Alphabet

Source: Tim Walker

The Granny Alphabet, by Tim Walker, is published by Thames and Hudson, priced £24.95

The Granny Alphabet

Source: Tim Walker

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