Don McCullin...absolutely brilliant!

07.02.2019 10:38

Tate Britain presents a comprehensive retrospective of the legendary British photographer Don McCullin

A long, long time ago in my final year at Art School I was writing my History of Art thesis on the subject of war photography and I wanted to conclude with an interview with a a prominant current war photographer. So I phoned up The Sinday Times and asked if I could meet and talk with Don McCullin. They gave me his agent's phone number and after a chat I was all fixed to meet him in London...I couldn't blieve my luck! I was definately up for a first.

Unfortunately two days before the interview my college received a message that Don was being rushed off back to Biafra for another assignement. No interview but I did interview The Gaurdian's Northern Ireland photographer Don McPhee who shared some amazing insights into the pressures and dangers of covering a war.

Anyway, you have to get yourselves along to The Tate Modern London to catch this show.

This exhibition showcases some of the most impactful photographs captured over the last 60 years. It includes many of his iconic war photographs – including images from Vietnam, Northern Ireland and more recently Syria. But it also focuses on the work he did at home in England, recording scenes of poverty and working class life in London’s East End and the industrial north, as well as meditative landscapes of his beloved Somerset, where he lives.‚Äč

Sir Don McCullin was born in 1935 and grew up in a deprived area of north London. He got his first break when a newspaper published his photograph of friends who were in a local gang. From the 1960s he forged a career as probably the UK’s foremost war photographer, primarily working for the Sunday Times Magazine. His unforgettable and sometimes harrowing images are accompanied in the show with his brutally honest commentaries.

With over 250 photographs, all printed by McCullin himself in his own darkroom, this exhibition will be a unique opportunity to appreciate the scope and achievements of his entire career.

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