The Former Steel Town of Consett: Couple Crossing Railway Lines Consett England 1975 by Don McCullin.
6″ x 6″ Magnum Square print
Fuji Crystal Archival Matte paper
Signed on verso by Don McCullin
Statement from Don McCullin on the back of print
“In the 1960s and ’70s, Northern England faced great hardships of poverty and unemployment, as manufacturing and production businesses began to shutter, in a landscape that had become desolate and polluted. The dapper style of this young couple contrasts with their surroundings. Arm in arm, they stand resilient even in this brutal landscape. I had somewhat overlooked this picture since I took it, but reacquainting myself with it recently in the darkroom, I found it really striking, and, on a recent journey of rediscovery to this part of England, I tried to find the couple depicted. Sadly, I learned the man in the picture is now dead. But I was encouraged by the regeneration of the region and the social developments that have taken place. I aim to capture my subjects with honesty and compassion. My pictures are dark in order to communicate a social conscience.”
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