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Chris Killip

Pirelli Work

In 1989 I was commissioned by Pirelli UK to photograph their tire factory in Burton on Trent, Staffordshire, UK, and I photographed there from April to September.
This work was exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, in December of 1989. This is the only time that this work has been exhibited.

In 2006 I was approached by Ute Eskildsen, the former photography curator at the Museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany. Unknown to me Ute had seen the original exhibition in London in 1989 and had thought that this work should have been made into a book. She now had the possibility of making a book of this work with Steidl. The book Pirelli Work was published by Steidl in 2006 and Steidl re-issued the book in 2015. Copies of this edition are still available.