Chris Killip first attempted to photograph Seacoal Beach in Lynemouth, Northumberland, England in 1976, but it took him six years to gain the trust of the people who worked there. Living, on and off, in a caravan on Lynemouth's Seacoal camp from 1982 to 1984, Killip immersed himself in their struggles to survive. Fourteen images from the Seacoal series were also included in Killip's groundbreaking book in Flagrante (1988).
"When I first saw the beach at Lynemouth, in January 1976, I recognized the coalmine and powerstation above it but nothing else. The beach beneath me was full of activity with horses and carts backed into the sea. Men were standing in the sea next to the carts, using small wire nets attached to poles to fish out the coal from the water beneath them. The place confounded time; here the Middle Ages and the twentieth century intertwined." - Chris Killip
27 x 23 cm