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In this retrospective exhibition of the British photographer Chris Killip (1946-2020), Fotomuseum Den Haag presents the work of a great photographer who is still relatively unknown to the general public.
Chris Killip is considered one of the most influential post-war British photographers, praised for his empathetic and, above all, honest documentary vision. This survey brings together more than 140 works, the most complete overview of Killip’s work to date, including previously unseen works.
Killip is best-known for the photographs he took in the northeast of England in the 1970s and 1980s. England was no longer the centre of the industrialised world. Numerous factories in the north of the country closed, resulting in high unemployment. Killip chronicled this decline and focused on the working class, the people hit hardest by this economic disaster. He succeeded in capturing these people with their dignity intact; nowhere does his gaze feel judgmental. Killip developed a friendly relationship with many of the people he photographed, visiting many of them again and again without a camera. This body of work was published in 1988 in the volume In Flagrante, considered to be one of the most important photo books of the twentieth century and a great source of inspiration for subsequent generations of photographers.