Saturday Girl is an award winning collection of portraits of young women in the UK taken by Casey Orr, and published October 2021 by Bluecoat Press. The portraits in Orr’s book speak of the undercurrents in culture and the unspoken ways in which we express our values, desires and tribe identities through the self. The series also explores regional and national UK identities as read through style and self expression.
Between 2013-19 Casey Orr travelled with her camera and four backdrops to 15 cities across the UK setting up a makeshift studio on Saturday afternoons in shopping centres, vintage stores, photo festivals and galleries, and waited for young women to come along dressed up for the weekend.
From Leeds to Liverpool, Belfast to Brighton, Edinburgh to Cardiff, Manchester to London, Orr recognised among the 600 (mostly) women she photographed “many similarities and high street influences but also wonderful eccentricities and regional variations along with their verbal accents and dialects”.
Looking to the New Generation… September 2021 sees the start of the next iteration of Orr’s project, Saturday Girl About Town, which will explore the impact of the pandemic on young women’s identity in towns rather than cities and answer questions such as:
- Will they want to be visible after not being out for over a year?
- What will they look like in this new world?
- Who will decide what they will look like?
- Where will they meet as the high streets struggle for survival?
The project will record this time of renewed freedoms and visibility, when young people, who have been away from the social spaces where they explore their autonomy and identity, find their tribes, and experiment with the body language that is fashion and their visibility. Young women & people identifying as women are invited to have their portrait taken, providing a ‘voice’ on the high street, increasing recognition that the high street is a social space for this demographic. The project starts in Burnley, Blackpool, Wigan and Redcar.
To mark 10 years of Saturday Girl in 2024, an exhibition is planned at Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool.
Casey Orr is an award-winning photographer. Saturday Girl won the Format Photography Festival Award in 2019.
Photographing the lives of women, the interconnectedness of all living things and notions of the home and belonging has taken her across the North Atlantic Ocean by containership, throughout the world photographing anarchists, behind the walls of Leeds Prison, and into the lives of the many people she collaborates with through portraiture.
Exhibitions and published work include Bekman Gallery, New York; ATA Gallery, San Francisco; University of the Arts, Philadelphia; Tate Exchange, Tate Liverpool, Look Liverpool Photography Festival; The Observer Magazine; The Royal Photographic Society Magazine; The National Portrait Gallery, London and (the first time the walls of a prison have been used as a space for art) at HM Prison, Leeds.
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