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Thomas Annan: Photographer of Glasgow & Now Then: Chris Killip and the Making of In Flagrante

  • The Getty Center 1200 Getty Center Drive Los Angeles, CA, 90049 United States (map)

Join us for an exclusive walkthrough with Amanda Maddox, curator of both exhibitions.

$10 per person. This event is limited to 30 attendees. Parking instructions will be sent with your confirmation.

During the rise of industry in 19th-century Scotland, Thomas Annan ranked as the preeminent photographer in Glasgow. Best known for his haunting images of tenements on the verge of demolition—often considered precursors of the documentary tradition in photography—he prodigiously recorded the people, the social landscape, and the built environment of Glasgow and its outskirts for more than twenty-five years. This exhibition is the first to survey his industrious career and legacy as photographer and printer.

Poetic, penetrating, and often heartbreaking, Chris Killip's In Flagrante remains the most important photobook to document the devastating impact of deindustrialization on working-class communities in northern England in the 1970s and 1980s. The fifty photographs of In Flagrante serve as the foundation of this exhibition, which includes maquettes, contact sheets, and work prints to reveal the artist’s process. The show also features material from two related projects—Seacoal and Skinningrove—that Killip developed in the 1980s, included selectively in In Flagrante, and revisited decades later.

Image: High Street, from College Open, negative 1868-71; print 1871, Thomas Annan