Chris Harrison was born and grew up in the north east of England. At 15, he became an apprentice in the local shipyard, and he subsequently took up photography while serving as a sniper in the British Army. Eventually, he earned a master’s degree from the Royal College of Art.
Under the Hood is the series of portraits Chris made of lads from Salford in 1994. Redolent of the grand tradition of painting, the lighting and drapery accords Chris’s subjects gravity and status. Yet the portraits are stubbornly photographic, especially in the down-to-earth elements such as bags, cans, fags and framing, which all gently jar against the set up. But most importantly, in between all this, there is something unresolved, uncertain, perhaps even edgy, as these lads stare back at us across a quarter of a century.
Chris was awarded the 16th Bradford Fellowship in Photography at the National Media Museum. His work has been shown widely including at the Rencontres d’Arles photography festival, the Barbican, Tate Britain, the German Historical Museum and the Imperial War Museum. His photographs are included in the collections of the V&A Museum, the Imperial War Museum, the National Media Museum, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the Irish Gallery of Photography, the Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art and the British Council.