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.
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.
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?)
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.
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, by Tim Walker, is published by Thames and Hudson, priced £24.95