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chriskillip18.jpg We’ll never see the likes again

A photography exhibition from Chris Killip, featuring over 30 black and white images documenting the shipbuilding trade in the north-east in the 1970s, can currently be seen at the Laing Art Gallery.

The Last Ships by internationally-acclaimed photographer Chris Killip (born 1946) documents the lives of working people and their resilience of spirit while at the same time recording the steady decline of industrial Britain. This exhibition, drawing from his archive, includes a huge panoramic photograph (composed of two original shots) depicting the building of the Tyne Pride, revealing the geometrical beauty of the ship’s construction. Killip’s typical black and white gritty style helps to evoke a sense of raw and poignant energy, accentuating the drama of the scenes which the images depict. Through a monochrome lens Killip draws the viewer into the subject’s emotional state, forcing them, in a way, to pause and absorb the dramatic narrative.

Chris Killip: The Last Ships, until 23 December, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle. laingartgallery.org.uk