“When I first saw the beach at Lynemouth in January 1976, I recognized the industry above it but nothing else I wasnseeing. The beach beneath me was full of activity with horses and carts backed into the sea. Men were standing innthe sea next to the carts, using small wire nets attached to poles to fish out the coal from the water beneath them.nThe place confounded time; here the Middle Ages and the twentieth century intertwined.”
Chris Killip began photographing the people of Lynemouth seacoal beach in the north east of England in 1982, afternnearly seven years of failed efforts to obtain their consent. During 1983 to 1984 he lived in a caravan on the seacoalncamp, and documented the life, work and the struggle to survive on the beach, using his unflinching style ofnobjective documentation.
Fifty, of the one hundred and twenty four images published here, were first shown in 1984nat the Side Gallery in Newcastle and others were an important element of Killip’s ground-breaking and legendarynbook In Flagrante, published four years later.nChris Killip, born on the Isle of Man in 1946, is a Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard Universitynwhere he has taught since 1991.