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Manx pictures at Tate display

This photograph is simply captioned Brian and unidentified man in water, 1984

This photograph is simply captioned Brian and unidentified man in water, 1984

Archive photographs taken in the Isle of Man form part of a new exhibition currently running at Tate Britain in London.

The photographs are by Manx-born photographer Chris Killip, now based in America, where he is professor of visual arts at Harvard University.

Mr Killip, who is 68, has had a career spanning almost 50 years and his free exhibition at the Tate runs until September 28.

His earlier work documents a disappearing way of life in the Isle of Man, which is shown in his book Isle of Man 1980. The publication was his first series of protraits and landscapes taken in the Isle of Man and depicted Manx work and culture. In contrast, the exhibition includes his photographs taken in the North East of England, where he immersed himself in the communities. These black and white pictures show the unemployment and industrial decline of the manfuacturing towns, showing run-down dockland areas and social disintegration and hardship. Coastal communities in Skinningrove and Lynemouth are featured in pictures taken in the early 1980s.

He is said to part of a generation of photographers who focused on showing political and social issues affecting working class communities in the 1970s and 1980s.

The display also includes a series of photographs of the workers at th Pirelli factory in Burton-on-Trent.

 

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