Clifford Coffin – Lucien Freud (London, 1947)
There’s one photograph in particolar that moved Tim Walker to photography.
On March 18, 1947 the photographer Clifford Coffin visited the studio of Lucien Freud to make a portrait of this british talented artist. He lived in a central London studio.
He wore his favourite navy sweater, positioned himself next to an unframed painting and presented his treasured possession in front of the camera: a hawk, resting on his gloved hand. Freud shot rats on Regent’s street canal to feed his friend and took it, to the delight of other passengers, on the london subway trains.
Three copies of this portrait exist. One belongs to british Vogue archieve; another belonged to Bruce Bernard, a photography reviewer, schoolboy friend of Freud.
The last copy belongs to Tim Walker, who likes it for its composition, but mostly for its tension between metropolitan artistic life and the raw freedom nature.
At that time Walker used to live in an industrial quarter of East London, but the nature topic will be always represented in his photographs,showing his romantic attachment to the english green landscape.