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North east of England in after nearly seven years of failed efforts to obtain their consent During to he lived in a caravan on the seacoal camp and documented the life work and the struggle to survive on the beach using his unflinching style of objective documentation Fifty of the one hundred and twenty four images published here were first shown in at the Side Gallery in Newcastle and others were an important element of Killip s ground breaking and legendary book In Flagrante published four ye. This really is a must have photo book for those interested in photojournalism Killip simply records the sea coal people superbly without overlaying a style as is often the case today other than his style of straight sharp observation The fact that this is a fine record of a now long gone folk industry adds to its valueFor me this book was very enjoyable and also photographically inspirational

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Chris Killip: Seacoal

Ars later Chris Killip born on the Isle of Man in is a Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University where he has taught since His works are held in the permanent collections of among others Museum of Modern Art New York George Eastman House Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco Museum Folkwang Essen the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam National Gallery of Australia Canberra and the Victoria and Albert Museum London His books include In Flagrante Pirelli Work and Here Comes Everybod. Raccogliere carbone nel mare del nord davvero un lavoro inusuale ben documentato da uesto grande fotografo Il libro tuttavia meno incisivo meno graffiante del suo capolavoro In Flagrante In ogni caso ne consiglio l acuisto

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When I first saw the beach at Lynemouth in January I recognized the industry above it but nothing else I was seeing The beach beneath me was full of activity with horses and carts backed into the sea Men were standing in the sea next to the carts using small wire nets attached to poles to fish out the coal from the water beneath them The place confounded time here the Middle Ages and the twentieth century intertwined Chris Killip began photographing the people of Lynemouth seacoal beach in the. Killip s work is confrontational at times dark and always challenging The bleak landscape of the North East of England becomes an extension of its human subjects underscoring the harshness of their livesSeacoal is about a tightly knit community of families who scavenged the beaches at Lynemouth for coal that washed ashore from dumped mine tailings The people worked in an uneasy semi legal relationship to the mine and property owners and the local authorities and were suspicious of outsiders and meddlersKillip is intrusive an outsider looking in and his terse introduction tells a gripping story in only three pages of his repeated attempts to photograph at the beach as part of his documentary project of the Newcastle area only to be attacked and run off each time and how he finally confronted the men in their local pub and managed with the help of one man who had encountered him before to gain their trust and acceptanceThe photographs are provocative the narrative compelling


6 thoughts on “Chris Killip: Seacoal

  1. says:

    Killip s work is confrontational, at times dark, and always challenging The bleak landscape of the North East of England becomes an extension of its human subjects, underscoring the harshness of their lives.Seacoal is about a tightly knit comm

  2. says:

    This really is a must have photo book for those interested in photojournalism Killip simply records the sea coal p

  3. says:

    Raccogliere carbone nel mare del nord davvero un lavoro inusuale, ben documentato da questo grande fotografo Il libro tutt

  4. says:

    Bilder von zeitloser Gr e Leben, reduziert auf das Wesentliche Fotos von Menschen, die mit ihrem individuellen Schicksal f r alles M

  5. says:

    Pour les amateurs du beau Noir Blanc, c est un must.Des images tr s prenantes dans un beau livre bien imprim.

  6. says:

    I love stories about regular people living not so regular lives Seacoal is one such story Basically you have these people in england who collected coal floating down the english coast, which they then sell or use for heating