At a moment when representation of the working class seems largely to have vanished from the political agenda, it comes as something of a shock to discover a serious cultural project, extending over forty years, where this question is central.  Chris Killip, Seacoal, Steidl: Göttingen 2011, £32, hardback 112 pp, 078 3 86930 250 0 Born on the Isle of Man in 1946, Chris Killip has spent much of his career photographing the human and social consequences of de-industrialization in the Northeast of England. He made his name with the exhibition Another Country in 1985, followed in 1988 by his best-known book, In Flagrante; the latter, which offered one of the hardest visual critiques of Thatcherism made during those years, won him the Cartier-Bresson prize, and indirectly helped secure him a professorship at Harvard, where he has been teaching since 1991.
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