Casey Orr: Saturday Girl About Town

Created in partnership with Open Eye Gallery

Saturday Girl About Town is the award-winning pop up portrait studio of international photographer Casey Orr.

In January and March, young women and fashionable folk in Chester were invited to don their glad rags, show off their style and be photographed by Casey.

Historically, Chester’s Rows were the place to promenade, so Casey set up shop in an empty unit in Bridge Street. The resulting images glory in the unique identities of contemporary Chester – a celebration of fashion, identity and bodily self-expression.

With high streets closed and unavailable for so long during the pandemic, the timing of Casey’s pop-up studio in a re-emerging city provided an opportunity to look again at the purpose of high streets – shaping new creative spaces and providing a safe place for people to be themselves.

The finished portraits will be part of an important national body of work developed across England between 2014 and 2024 with Open Eye Gallery.