Augusta Edwards Fine Art

20/20: Chris Killip/Graham Smith

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Oct. 12, 2022 - Nov. 6, 2022

Gallery 8


Augusta Edwards Fine Art

For the first time in nearly 40 years in the UK, photographs by Chris Killip and Graham Smith will be exhibited together.

Killip and Smith are known for documenting both the people and places affected by industrial decline in the North East England from the late 1970s to mid-1980s. Their work was last displayed together in the UK in a two-artist exhibition, ‘Another Country’, at the Serpentine, London, in 1985. This new exhibition was conceived in 2019 as a collaboration between the photographers before Killip’s death - it will now go ahead as a tribute to their work and enduring friendship. 

The black-and-white photographs document the North East in a period when heavy industry was still thriving, followed by its devastating collapse. Killip and Smith each selected 20 images for the exhibition taken between 1975 and 1987 in locations from Skinningrove, just south of Middlesbrough to Lynemouth, just north of Newcastle. These images depict an environment that for centuries had evolved from the industrial revolution and the photographers documented the individuals and communities whose lives depended on heavy industry, people who were facing a politically forced change to the landscape and the ways of life that had been settled for generations. 

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Late in life, Chris [Kilip] stated that during his years in Newcastle, he unknowingly recorded the de-industrialisation of North East England. We both witnessed a rapid change to the industrial landscape and, in our own ways, recorded the transformation and aftermath.

Graham Smith

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Augusta Edwards Fine Art

Augusta Edwards Fine Art

Augusta places specific emphasis on British documentary photography from the 1970s-1980s, pre and post war European photography and Latin American photography from the 1940s-1950s. Augusta Edwards Fine Art has relocated their by-appointment space to a permanent office in Cromwell Place whilst holding exhibitions in the gallery spaces.

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