Picturesquely graceful Old Session House located in the vibrant and contemporary London neighbourhood Clerkenwell, opened its doors to house the new Burberry collection staging an exhibition of British photography under the motto “HERE WE ARE”. The exhibit curated by Burberry’s own Christopher Bailey, director of cult fashion and photography bookshop Lucy Kumara Moore and co-curated by renowned photographer Alasdair McLellan showcases images of more than 30 social and documentary photographers including those by Roger Mayne, Tom Wood, Dafydd Jones and never before exhibited work by Brian Griffin.
“HERE WE ARE” celebrates 20th-century British photography of the “sometimes ironic, sometimes tender but always truthful British life” according to Bailey, which is what the September Burberry collection has been inspired by. From the traditional tartan and check to patchwork, lace, deconstructed pageantry and even plastic, the collection is truly iconic British.
Visitors to the free exhibit can explore the new Burberry collection up close, view over 70 photographs on three differently themed floors and of course get an inside-view of stunning Old Session House. A number of events are planned throughout the exhibit, including live performances of actors Nathan Stewart-Jarret and Tuppence Middleton, live music by Ten Tonnes, Wardrop and Laurel, photography discussions and explorations by Jonty Sale, Chris Steele-Perkins and Ian Macdonald, and book and poetry-readings by Ben Okri, Mark Power and Daniel Cockrill.
“HERE WE ARE” at Old Session House, 22 Clerkenwell Green, London EC1 is open from 10am – 9pm until October 1st.
Photos by Andreas Winterstein