Great Britain born 1946
Bever, Skinningrove, North Yorkshire, UK
[(Two youths, one with tattooed neck)] 1980
Collection Title: the series In Flagrante
Creation Notes: printed 1988
Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph
Killip’s In flagrante, in which these images appeared, is for many the book that represents most palpably the consequences of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s monetarist policies. These were pursued at the expense of the wellbeing of many, particularly of those living in the north. Killip apprenticed with advertising photographer, Adrian Flowers, in Chelsea in the mid-sixties. After seeing the work of Paul Strand, Walker Evans and August Sander in New York in 1969, Killip returned to his native Isle of Man to document, with a stark and powerful directness, the local population experiencing shifting social conditions. In 1975 he won the Northern Arts/Gas Fellowship to photograph the northeast of England. Working with a medium format camera, he was able to make richly-toned, beautifully composed images that built up over more than a decade to form a moving and nuanced portrait of this community under stress.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra