© Chris Killip
Chris Killip's series In Flagrante was photographed between 1973 and 1985 mainly in Northeast England. Shot with large format cameras in black and white documentary style, these 20" x 24" gelatin silver prints bring to light the lives and landscapes during the time of Britain's deindustrialization, from before and after the "Thatcher Years". Often compared with Robert Frank's The Americans, In Flagrante is considered to be a key artistic document of the era. This work is an enduring witness to the history and perseverance of working-class people and their communities struggling to survive social and economic upheaval.
A complete set of 50 vintage prints from the original In Flagrante series was acquired by the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles in 2014 and will be exhibited at the Museum in the coming year. Killip's photographs are also included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden; Tate Gallery Collection, London; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, among numerous others. In addition to the forthcoming book, In Flagrante Two (Steidl, 2015), the artist's publications include Isle of Man (Zwemmer, 1980); In Flagrante (Secker & Warburg, 1988) with texts by John Berger and Sylvia Grant; 55 (Phaidon Press, 2001) with text by Gerry Badger; Pirelli Work, Steidl, (2006); Here Comes Everybody: Chris Killip's Irish Photographs (Thames and Hudson Ltd., 2009); Arbeit/Work with texts by David Campany and Ute Eskildsen (Folkwang Museum/Steidl, 2012); and Isle of Man Revisted (Steidl, 2015)