The striking images recall a lost Tyneside world - one that was an everyday reality for many of us until a few decades ago, but which is now consigned to history.
The wonderfully gritty pictures were taken by the renowned photographer Chris Killip and come from a book of his work, published this month, called
The images were captured in and around the bustling shipyards of Swan Hunter in Wallsend, and Readhead's in South Shields.
Not only do the images recall men at work, practising now-vanished trades and building ships - but also the communities that grew up around the yards, the teeming streets of terraced houses and children playing, almost unaware, as the giant vessels take shape a stone's throw away.
Chris, who was born on the Isle of Man in 1946, has produced a critically acclaimed body of work over the last 50 years, and is well known for his powerful black and white depictions of industrial landscapes.
His award-winning photographs have appeared in numerous books, and in exhibition around the world.
Today, he lives quietly in retirement in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in Boston, with his wife of 20 years, a short distance from one of the world's most famous universities, Harvard, where he was Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies from 1991 until 2017.
"I was invited over, and they said 'try it for a year, and see if you like it', and I ended up staying in the job for nearly 30 years," he says today.
It may be a far cry from Pelaw, in Gateshead, and the terraced flat he lived in after buying it for £4,000 in the mid-70s, but Chris has nothing but wonderful memories of the 15 years he spent living and working as a photographer on Tyneside, before he relocated to the United States.
The photographs here come from early in his time in our region when he was awarded a fellowship by Northern Arts.
"Capturing the images of the ships was a mesmerising experience," he recalls. "They let me get really close up to them.
"At the time, in 1975 and 1976, it didn't particularly feel like the industry or the surrounding communities were in decline - but the end when it came, did come quickly."
As troubles mounted, in the shape of cheaper foreign competition and industrial unrest, shipbuilding was nationalised in 1977.
By 1984, Readhead's in South Shields had closed while, on the other side of the River Tyne, the last ship built at Swan Hunter in Wallsend, Largs Bay, was launched in 2006.
With such an important body of work behind him, 74-year-old Chris must feel a certain amount of pride.
"The photographs seem to have moved people," he says. "I've had so many folk ask for copies of pictures where dads or family members appear in them.
"I was at an art gallery in New York, and the owner told me a certain gentleman had been saying how much he really liked the photographs and wanted to meet me.
"Well, this gentleman turned out to be Sting who told me he'd grown up in those Wallsend streets, the son of a milkman - and how the photographs took him back in time.
"I didn't think it at the time, but I suppose I was photographing history."