tim walker turns his lens on jamaican lgbtq community

May 24, 2018

words by: Bere Wangge

When photographer Tim Walker traveled to Jamaica to shoot a fashion story for British Vogue, he ended up delivering more than expected. 

Fashion photographer Tim Walker takes pictures of the Gully Queens, the homeless and displaced LGBTQ community in Kingston, Jamaica with all proceeds going to charity 04.jpg

Published in the magazine's June issue, the story sees supermodels Binx Walton, Fran Summers and Adut Akech being photographed alongside Jamaica's most prominent figures. But the story also features some less high-profile individuals in the country, namely the members of LGBTQ community in Jamaica, known as the self-titled Gully Queens.

Persecuted by the majority of their fellow countrymen, the community has been forced to live in the storm drains or gullies (hence the name) that lie below the streets of Kingston. 

In support of the Gully Queens, Walker has released 30 signed portraits of the community members. All proceeds from the sale of the photographs are donated to the Gully Queens-focused charity, the Larry Chang Centre. 

"To me the Gully Queens are emblematic of this injustice which is what led me to photograph them," Walker says. "There is the chance, through photography, to give something that is very wrong in the world the visibility to make it right."

Previously, Walker has shot the 2018 Pirelli calendar, which features an all-black cast for the first time. 

For inquiries regarding the Gully Queens photo series, please email gullyqueens@timwalkerphotography.com.

Images c/o Dazed