The collection includes a rich variety of both professional and non-professional (informal) photographs of Burgess, his family and friends, which document Burgess's personal and professional life in the UK and beyond. It includes images of family holidays, informal gatherings and celebrations, along with professional portraits of Burgess and his appearances at, for example, book signings, lectures, premieres, and various television interviews.
Among those photographed alongside Burgess are his first wife, Lynne (née Llewela Jones); his widow, Liana (née Liliana Macellari); their son, Andrew Burgess-Wilson (also known as Paolo Andrea); members of the Monagasque Royal Family; and friends and collaborators such as, Rafael Alberti, Georges Belmont, John Boorman, Graham Greene, Pierre Joannon, Stanley Silverman, John Simon, Sheamus Smith, and Bertrand Tavernier. Subjects are photographed in a variety of settings (domestic and otherwise) in countries such as Amsterdam, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Malta, Monaco, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK.
The majority of images date from the 1970s to the 1990s, but the collection also includes photographs of
Burgess's childhood and youth, 1917-1943
Liana, her mother, sister, and other family members and friends, 1940s-1960s
Burgess and Lynne in Malaysia (formerly Malaya), 1954-1957
Burgess and Lynne in Oxfordshire and Etchingham (East Sussex) 1950-1954, 1960-1968
Alongside Liana's informal photographs of Burgess are those taken by professional photographers, including Ulf Anderson, Jerry Bauer, Sophie Bassouls, Martine Franck, Mark Gerson, Marvin Lichtner, Helmut Newton, Anthea Sieveking, Lord Snowdon, Sally Soames, Michael Spencer-Jones, Alice Springs, Eddy van der Veen, and Denis Waugh.