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A new photography exhibition arrives at The Laing this month, as Chris Killip’s The Last Ships brings over 30 black and white images documenting the rise and fall of the shipbuilding trade in the North East in the 1970s.

The Last Ships comes from the acclaimed photographer, who captures the lives of working people, with the shipbuilding industry being the lifeblood of many North East families so often, with the industry hitting a steady decline which hit families hard.

Industrial Britain has seen big changes, and these snapshots capture so much of this, with stories of the Tyne unfolding through some incredible images. Chris Killip is a local boy done good, who has used his vast experience to show how important shipyard workers have been Tyneside. The black and white still is gritty and evokes a raw, poignant energy which gives the drama captured a real edge and earnest quality that drips in authenticity.

The monochrome photos are absolutely stunning, taking the 1970s subject matter and bringing to life an area and people that struggle through decades. The North East as it is now is a result of these families and people, and these photographs capture a vital historical point with real care and attention, our history is theirs and Killip shows that through a very special exhibition.

The Last Ships is at The Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle from Saturday 8th September to Sunday 23rd December.

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