Copper Horses

Till I was eight I thought my Dad was an explorer. For fifty years he operated a machine in the local Factory. I stripped the machine down to try and find the man I knew at eight.

"Copper Horses, they fight you all the way"
John Jacques Harrison


"I love the way Chris Harrison used backdrops and drapery to dramatic effect in Copper Horses. He used a sheet of canvas to hide parts of the machine he was photographing which he didn’t want us to see. That way he broke the machine down to fragments. The result is a complex visual metaphor for his thoughts and feelings about his relationship with his father and the many people who work hard to make ends meet in British industry."                                

Brian Liddy, Curator of Photographs the National Media Museum