Timothy M Foster (b. Wigan, 1972)

Tim Foster started out in photography after receiving his first camera aged 7 and tried to photograph his Star wars figures, and with it, his imagination.

Living in a small suburb of Wigan called Appley Bridge, the days were long and always sunny during summer holidays where climbing trees in wellington boots, running around woods and making dens were high priority before an age of trying to communicate the world visually in photography.

Tim started out wanting to be a sweet chef at the age of 16 until a stint at catering college changed all that when he discovered that the natural light of den making days was in short supply in the kitchens. He then went onto art school at Salford University to study a BA hons in visual arts in which he majored in installation, photography and performance art. After a few years in Manchester supporting an artists studio working as a postman part time and shooting for Manchester evening news as a freelance photographer, Tim undertook an MA in Photojournalism at London college of communication LCC, and never looked back.

Tim works in London where he lives and jumps between the worlds of commercial photography and art led projects of still trying to photograph his imagination. He has contributed to many publications including: Guardian Weekend, Independent Saturday, Id magazine, Dazed and confused, Twin magazine, the Financial times, het Financieele Dagblad, Die Zeit, Das Magazin, Le Monde.

He has also made documentaries for BBC1, BBC2, ITV, Channel 4, national geographic, has shown work at Sheffield Doc fest and the ‘Secret streets of England’ doc he filmed for was BAFTA nominated.

Commercially Tim has worked for Florence and the Machine, Lyle and Scott, Rolls Royce, BASF, UNICEF, Google, Shell oil, V-ships, and is the life blood for his survival of making art.

Artistically Tims work has been published around Europe and and in North America, he has put on several exhibitions and released a book called ‘Supemans Pockets’.

His latest solo show at the Turnpike gallery will continue 23rd September – 4th November 2017 on his series called, ‘All roads lead to Wigan Pier’.


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