This Sofa Session – coinciding with The Station exhibition, on display at the Martin Parr Foundation 20 SEPT to 24 DEC 2020 – is dedicated to the life and work of Chris Killip, that recently passed away.
Chris talks about his working process and the values that underlie his photographic practice.
He touches upon his transition from making portraits using a 5×4 camera and tripod on the Isle of Man, to photographing the industrial North East of England using flash in the daytime.
He elaborates on the value of spending extended periods of time getting to know your subjects and the re-discovery of The Station images by his son Matthew.
This conversation was filmed in June 2018 when Chris visited the Foundation in Bristol:
About the Author
Christopher David Killip (11 July 1946 – 13 October 2020) was a Manx photographer who worked at Harvard University from 1991 to 2017, as a Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies. Killip is known for his black and white images of people and places especially of Tyneside during the 1980s.
Killip received the Henri Cartier-Bresson Award (for In Flagrante) and was shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize. He exhibited all over the world, wrote extensively, appeared on radio and television, and curated many exhibitions.