Portraits Exhibition

Youth in duffle coat, Askam-in-Furness, Cumbria 1982

Jim Murray, Trade Union Leader, Newcastle, Tyneside, 1978

Man with glasses, North Shields, Tyneside, 1981

Woman with curly hair, North Shields, Tyneside, 1981

Lawrence and Judith Quilliam, Ballayock Farm, Isle of Man, 1970-3

TT Races Supporter, Isle of Man, 1971

Woman in betting shop, Askam in Furness, Cumbria

Whippet Fancier, Huddersfield, Yorkshire, 1974

Woman in Leather Jacket, North Shields, Tyneside, 1981

Tire Builder, Pirelli Factory, Burton-on-Trent

A set of 70 modern silver gelatin prints of portraits made by Chris Killip selected from his vast archive of photographic works.

“Making a portrait fills me with a certain amount of dread. It’s the impertinence of what you are about to do in reducing a human being into one fixed moment. You think about the subject’s complexity (knowing them makes this worse) and the predetermined limitations that surround any attempt at portraiture. Then you convince yourself that you have to try, and you go ahead. This brief moment between you and the person in front of you is based on their trust in your intent.”

The work in this set demonstrates Killip’s ability to work with people, coupled with his dedication to record those who were often marginalized and left acast from the mainstream histories associated with the British Isles. Many of the works included here were published in a series of tabloid-sized zines produced by PONY Ltd in 2018.

Modern silver gelatin prints

50.8 x 60.9cm


1970 – 1987

Prints housed on behalf of Chris Killip Photography Trust.



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