Launching this week, ‘Ceremony’ is the second book from the acclaimed photographer
Formerly a club photographer, Alasdair McLellan is one of the industry’s most feted photographic talents. Famed for his portrayals of northern adolescence, McLellan released his first book – “Ultimate Clothing Company” – in 2013. Now, two years on, McLellan is releasing his second. Titled “Ceremony”, the book brings together his photographs of the ceremonial troops of the British Army.
“During the time of initially working on ‘Ceremony’ – mainly the month of August 2006 – we were very fortunate in making the acquaintance of some of the most remarkable people we have ever met. And none of them quite realised how remarkable they were, making them even more remarkable of course,” says fashion journalist and editor Jo-Ann Furniss in the introduction.
“It was a little glimpse into the workings of the British Army through the filter of its most glittering manifestation: the ceremonial troops,” she goes on to write. “Unlike many other countries, the United Kingdom’s ceremonial soldiers are rarely there just for show, they also have a long history of combat. 2006 was a particularly rough time to be a soldier in the British Army.”
Designed by graphic design and art direction team M/M (Paris), “Ceremony” features different regiments of the British Army, including the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, the Coldstream Guards and the Household Cavalry. Shot on film instead of digital (as is the norm for McLellan), the images are sun-drenched, approachable and honest – reflecting his critically acclaimed photographic style.
“Ceremony” is soon available at The Broken Arm (where there will be a signing on Saturday, January 23 6–9pm), Ofr and Colette in Paris; IDEA Books at Dover Street Market in London; Dashwood Books, IDEA Books at Dover Street Market in New York and online through shop.mmparis.com. Proceeds from the book will go towards supporting ABF The Soldiers' Charity – the national charity of the British Army.