Life in The Iron Valley: Chris Killip & Graham Smith


An exciting new photographic exhibition comes to Skinningrove’s Land of Iron on Saturday 16th March 2024.

Running for six months until Saturday 14th September, Life in The Iron Valley will display, for the very first time, a selection of early work prints from two renowned British documentary photographers who worked extensively, in the case of Graham Smith from 1969 to 1975, and Chris Killip from 1981 to 1984.

Celebrating the lives and landscapes of this small North Yorkshire village, Life in The Iron Valley is a document of a time when fishing and steelworking were the lifeblood of the community.

Supplementing the early prints, a collection of archival digital prints of Skinningrove - generously placed with the museum by Chris Killip - will also be on display.

The collection of images were collected by local artist and historian Stan Binks and were gifted to the museum by him. Many of the prints have been annotated by him with the names of the people pictured and the approximate dates they were taken. These notes – written on the border of the prints themselves – add a charm and authenticity which distinguishes the images from more traditional gallery displays.

The exhibition precedes the long-awaited publication of Skinningrove by Chris Killip in May 2024.

Exhibtion details:

The Land of Iron Museum

Deepdale Mill Lane

Skinningrove, TS13 4AP

For further information and opening hours please click here