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CHRIS KILLIP
[b. 1946] photographer
This is a subjective book about my time in England. I take what isn't mine and I covet other people's lives. The photographs can tell you more about me than about what they describe. - Chris Killip

I don’t like smiley pictures. A smile is a defense mechanism. It says, “You can’t have the real me but here’s my smile.” You get closer to the real person when they stop smiling. - Chris Killip

I take what isn’t mine and I covet other people’s lives. - Chris Killip

I wanted [photography] to be more than a document, to be something that is as close as you could possibly be to the subject. - Chris Killip

The moment you make a photograph you consign whatever you photograph to the past as that specific moment no longer exists, it is history. The photography that I practice takes place in a specific time and place, depicting real moments in people’s lives. In some ways I think of myself as a historian, but not of the word. History is most often written from a distance, and rarely from the viewpoint of those who endured it. - Chris Killip

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