Some see him as maker of magisterial, dramatic and rhetorically sophisticated single images that uphold the high standards of modernist documentary set by Bill Brandt, Paul Strand, Walker Evans, Robert Frank and August Sander. Indeed, given the comparatively small scope of his oeuvre he has had an extraordinary strike rate, producing many memorable photographs of life in the British Isles. For others it is Killip’s books that really matter, where the complexity and emotional force of those images is compounded, nuanced, reworked and even undone.
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Published in Photoworks Issue 12, 2009
Commissioned by Photoworks