Getty Acquires Chris Killip Photographs

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Chris Killip, Bever, Skinningrove, North Yorkshire, 1980. Courtesy the J. Paul Getty Museum, ©Chris KillipChris Killip, Bever, Skinningrove, North Yorkshire, 1980. Courtesy the J. Paul Getty Museum, ©Chris Killip

The J. Paul Getty Museum has acquired 49 photographs by Chris Killip, the influential postwar documentary photographer.  The museum now owns the complete set of 50 images in Killip’s 1988 book In Flagrante, giving it the most significant group of Killip prints in an American institution. Killip photographed in Northern England between 1973 and 1985, during that region’s serious economic downturn. His subjects included miners, working-class people, council estates, and parades and benefits organized to benefit the striking miners in 1984. Born and raised on the Isle of Man, Killip has spent his career photographing the people of Great Britain. On Sunday, October 18, Killip will speak about his work at the Getty Center at 4:30 pm.