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Boys, Poortown Road, near Peel

Date(s): 1970-1973

Creator(s): Killip, Chris

Scope & Content: Terry and Tony Smith to the left, and Christopher Barrow from Foxdale village photographed by Chris Killip in the early 1970s. Chris Killip (b.1946-d. 2020) was a talented Manx photographer, who used his skills with camera, composition and people to capture the world around him. Born in Douglas he was inspired to become a photographer by seeing a Henri Cartier-Bresson image in a magazine. He spent the summer season of 1964 as a beach photographer in Douglas before travelling to London to work as an assistant to the London advertising photographer Adrian Flowers. His first exhibition was in 1969 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and since then he has exhibited all over the world. From the 1970s onwards he captured images of marginal and marginalised communities and ways of life that nobody noticed or saw before they disappeared. That insight was first seen in his Manx work in the early 1970s, recording a world on the Isle of Man that was rapidly changing and disappearing. Chris Killip said of his Manx collection that “History is what’s written, my pictures are what happened.”

Language: eng

Extent: 40.5 x 51 cm

Item name: photograph

Collection: Photographic Archive

Level: ITEM

ID number: PG/14444/2/91

Subject tags : #MM100ARTOFPEOPLE


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