In Flagrante. Photographs by Chris Killip. Essay by John Berger and Sylvia Grant. Secker and Warburg, London, 1988. 94 pp. Tall quarto. First edition. Clothbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. 50 black-and-white reproductions.
NOTE ON ILLUSTRATIONS: Exterior scans of boards and jacket are from the item on offer. To show more imagery from this fragile book, the interior illustrations below are taken from the recent Errata Editions facsimile reprint.
Photo-historian and critic Gerry Badger, describes In Flagrante as "a fully realized photo-book by a British photographer; complex, subtle, allusive. It [is] in the documentary mode, that is to say, realist in tone, but realism shot through and through with a powerful and insistent personal inflection. For Killip, it achieved a long-term goal to make photography which might be perceived in a literary, cinematic way, with a narrative flow, however oblique, and the work of art was the book itself." (from Chris Killip, Phaidon 55).
"In Flagrante is a book of fifty photographs by one of Europe's most outstanding and uncompromising photographers. The impact of these images is both immediate and enduring, creating one of the most authoritative and intense bodies of work produced this decade. This view of Britain in the eighties reflects the stark reality of industrial society in decline"--the publisher
"The objective history of England doesn't amount to much if you don't believe in it, and I don't, and I don’t believe that anyone in these photographs does either as they face the reality of de-industrialisation in a system which regards their lives as disposable. To the people in these photographs I am superfluous, my life does not depend on their struggle, only my hopes. This is a subjective book about my time in England. I take what isn’t mine and I covet other peoples lives. The photographs can tell you more about me than about what they describe. The book is a fiction about metaphor."--Chris Killip, Foreword to In Flagrante, 1988
Fine - in Near Fine dust jacket; a tad musty with some wear to extremities; jacket with moderate wear to edges; Two small tears (1/2") rear panel (with some adjacent creasing to one); foxing to verso of jacket.