What Happened Great Britain? 1970-1990: Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2013

The four shortlisted artists have been selected for this years prestigious Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, to be presented at The Photographers’ Gallery, London. The finalist exhibition will take place from 19th April – 30th June 2013.

© Chris Killip, What Happened Great Britain 1970 – 1990

Amongst the four selections is the work of photographer Chris Killip with his series What Happened Great Britain 1970-1990, encompassing an emotive social documentary project exploring the vast social and cultural changes in a rapidly evolving Britain.

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© Chris Killip, What Happened Great Britain 1970 – 1990

His stark black and white imagery reflects and encapsulates the fall of the working classes, and the intimate lives of men at work set against the backdrop of socio-political turmoil.

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© Chris Killip, What Happened Great Britain 1970 – 1990

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© Chris Killip, What Happened Great Britain 1970 – 1990

An unprecedented and vastly coherent series, Killip’s lack of publicity in the UK has caused the press to question whether Great British documentary photography is often overlooked at home, despite Tom Wood’s recent limelight.

What do you think? Link to Guardian article.

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© Pascal Martinez, view of exhibition at BAL, Paris.

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