The Baltic Centre of Contempory Art presents a full career retrospective by one of the UK’s most important and influential post-war documentary photographers, Chris Killip (1946–2020). The exhibition serves as the most comprehensive survey of the photographer’s work, with his images from the North East of England at the core.
Grounded in sustained immersion into the communities he photographed, Chris Killip’s photographs of those affected by economic shifts throughout the 1970s and 80s in the North of England remain without parallel. Whilst marking a moment of de-industrialisation, Killip’s stark yet tender observation moves beyond the urgency to record such circumstances, to affirm the value of lives he grew close to – lives that, as he once described ‘had history done to them’.
The exhibition is curated by Ken Grant and Tracy Marshall and produced in collaboration with The Photographers’ Gallery, London.