Chris Killip: Here Comes Everybody

  April –
May 2009

Image from Here Comes Everybody; © Chris Killip

‘Here Comes Everybody’ is a phrase that echoes repeatedly through the shifting dream-narrative of James Joyce’s FinnegansWake. It aptly captures the intense poetry of this new collection of photographs by Chris Killip, taken over repeated trips to Ireland between 1993 and 2005. On each visit Killip attended the annual pilgrimages at Croagh Patrick and Máméan in the west of Ireland, places of wild beauty and ancient spirituality.

Killip’s poignant photographs convey the dedication and community of the modern pilgrims’ journey as they make their way across shingled mountainsides to take part in age-old rites. Images of the pilgrims’ trek are complemented by landscapes, townscapes and details photographed in the west of Ireland and beyond. Presented as a facsimile of an album of prints from a decade of travels, this exhibition and new publication includes the first colour photographs Killip has ever published.

About the artist:Chris Killip is one of the most influential photographers, curators and teachers to have come out of the United Kingdom. His powerful images of industrial decline in the late 1970s and ’80s were part of a body of work by a generation of photographers that firmly established documentary photography within an artistic context, and Killip’s years as founder, curator and director of the Side Gallery, Newcastle, in the 1970s defined an era in photographic history. His photographs are in the permanent collections of major institutions around the world, including theVictoria and Albert Museum and the Museum of Modern Art, NewYork.

All events and access to the Gallery are free.

For further information, press scans or to interview the artist, please contact: Trish Lambe, Gallery of Photography 353-1-6714654,

Chris Killip speaks at Gallery of Photography for special launch of his show: Here Comes Everybody April 24 2009 April 24th to May 3rd 2009

Chris Killip’ s introduces his exhibition “Here Comes Everybody” on April 24 2009.