Chris Killip: 'Remarkable' photographer dies aged 74

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Chris Killip and Keith Callister standing in front of a photo of Keith as a boyImage source, MNH
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Chris Killip (left) pictured with farmer Keith Callister, who featured in his work as a boy

Renowned photographer Chris Killip, whose "keen eye" captured "marginalised communities" and disappearing ways of life, has died at the age of 74.

Isle of Man-born Killip was best known for a series of photographs documenting the lives of working class people in post-industrial north-east England.

In the late 1970s, he co-founded Newcastle-upon-Tyne's Side Gallery, which is dedicated to photography.

Manx National Heritage (MNH) said he was a "remarkable" talent.

Image source, CHRIS KILLIP
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Killip "captured images of marginal and marginalised communities", MNH said
Image source, CHRIS KILLIP
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After starting as a Manx beach photographer, he went on to take pictures across the world

Born in Greeba in 1946, Killip started his career working as a beach photographer in the south of the island during his teenage years.

In 1964, he moved to London to work as a photography assistant before becoming a freelance photographer in his own right.

Between 1994 and 2017, he worked as a professor at Harvard University in Massachusetts.

Image source, CHRIS KILLIP
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Killip's pictures of Manx life were last shown on the island in 2016

He was best known on the Isle of Man for a series of portraits capturing rural life in between 1970 and 1973.

A MNH spokeswoman said using his "keen eye and skill with camera, composition and people, he took many portraits and landscapes around the world over a long career".

She added that his work had "captured images of marginal and marginalised communities and ways of life that nobody noticed or saw before they disappeared".

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