Pippa Walkley was born in London in 1957. Walkley developed an interest in photography from the early age of seven, when she saw her first print being developed in a home darkroom and was fascinated. She studied photography at London College of Printmaking, North London Collegite and St Martin’s School of Art.
Walkley has spent her whole working life in the photographic industry, lecturing in photography and working as a freelance photographer. She recently worked as a Photo Imaging Sector Manager at Creative Skillset, an organisation working to develop skills and talent in screen-based creative industries. Walkley retired in 2013.