Another Country: Photographs of the North East of England

Serpentine South Gallery 31 Aug — 29 Sep 1985 Free

This was Chris Killip’s and Graham Smith’s first London exhibition in 10 years, presenting 130 monochrome pictures taken in the north east of England.

For several years, Killip photographed two depressed coastal communities, Lynemouth and Skinningrove, in the north east of England.

Smith photographed his birthplace, South Bank, an area of Middlesborough whose coal, heavy engineering, and shipbuilding industries were in decline.

Reviewing the Serpentine’s exhibition for The Listener in September 1985, Richard Cork asserted: “The world they explore is a narrowly circumscribed one, hit by the severest effects of recession and monetarist harshness.”



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