‘Here We Are’ is curated by Christopher Bailey, President and Chief Creative Officer, Burberry, and Lucy Kumara Moore, writer, curator and Director of Claire de Rouen, and co-curated by Alasdair McLellan, and will feature over 200 works by photographers including Dafydd Jones, Bill Brandt, Brian Griffin, Shirley Baker, Jane Bown, Martin Parr, Jo Spence, Ken Russell, Charlie Phillips, Karen Knorr, Janette Beckman and Andy Sewell.

Alasdair McLellan, Belfast, 2005 © Alasdair McLellan

Held over three floors in the rooms of Old Sessions House, Burberry’s new show venue in London’s Clerkenwell, ‘Here We Are’ will be divided into themes which reflect different aspects of the British way of life. The exhibition will showcase important bodies of work by individual photographers as discrete, monographic presentations, alongside the thematic displays.

Martin Parr, O’Connell Bridge, Dublin, Ireland, October 1981 © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos / Rocket Gallery

Burberry also today announces a new creative collaboration with photographer Alasdair McLellan, which will include him capturing portfolios of images for the brand. Images will be revealed from today on Burberry’s social platforms, with new portraits being unveiled throughout the next few months.

In Your Dreams
TopFoto/Ken Russell
Photo by Ken Russell, January 1955
From a series: “The Last of the Teddy Girls”
14 year old Jean Rayner in the exploratory stage of Teddyism. Update: Ted Bunton is the boy behind her head, left of centre, identified by him in January 2017 (and Topfoto presented with a print). Jean Rayner died some time previously.

To celebrate this collaboration, ‘Here We Are’ will also feature a special presentation of over 70 photographs by McLellan – the largest number of his works shown to date. The presentation will include four bodies of work taken in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, alongside previously unseen photographs.

Inspired by the spirit captured in British social portraiture, Burberry’s September collection for men and women will be presented at Old Sessions House on Saturday 16 September at 7pm. The entire collection will be available for immediate purchase globally, and will also be exhibited at Old Sessions House.

‘Here We Are’
18 September–1 October 2017
Old Sessions House, 22 Clerkenwell Green
London, EC1
Free entry

Credit: Burberry; Dafydd Jones, Magdalen Commemoration Ball, Oxford, 1988 © Dafydd Jones (starter)

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