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Chris Killip was one of the UK’s foremost documentary photographers, and a wide-ranging retrospective of his work at BALTIC shines a particular light on his northern pictures.

From old fellas dipping their heads against fierce winter winds, to kids playing outside while a ship looms large just beyond the end of their terrace, Chris Killip’s iconic photographs capture the enormous economic shifts that were underway in the North of England during the 1970s and 1980s. This retrospective exhibition (Killip died in 2020) is the most comprehensive survey of his work to date and features more than 150 pieces including previously unseen ephemera and colour works. From early work he made in his native Isle of Man, through to those feted series’ he made over two decades in the North of England, it’s a show that really highlights Killip’s approach to portraying communities unflinchingly, but with a tender eye. RM

Chris Killip: Retrospective, 1 April-3 September, BALTIC, Gateshead. baltic.art