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Great Britain born 1946

Bo, on a horse [(Boy riding white pony)] 1984
Collection Title: the series In Flagrante
Place made: United Kingdom
Creation Notes: printed 1988
Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph

Primary Insc: signed and dated, verso, c. pencil "Chris Killip 88"
Dimensions: image 40.9 h x 50.4 w cm sheet 48.7 h x 58.1 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1989
Accession No: NGA 89.318
  • Purchased 1989

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