Great Britain born 1946
Bo, on a horse
[(Boy riding white pony)] 1984
Collection Title: the series In Flagrante
Creation Notes: printed 1988
Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph
The objective history of England doesn’t amount to much if you don’t believe in it, and I don’t, and I don’t believe that anyone in these photographs does either as they face the reality of de-industrialisation in a system which regards their lives as disposable. To the people in these photographs I am superfluous, my life does not depend upon their struggle, only my hopes.
This is a subjective book about my time in England. I take what isn’t mine and I covet other people’s lives. The photographs can tell you more about me than what they describe.
This book is a fiction about metaphor.
Chris Killip, In flagrante
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra