Don McCullin...Brilliant!

07.02.2019 16:22

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

A long long time ago I was completing my Art School final thesis on war photography and thought it would be totally brilliant to conclude with an interview with Don McCullin. So I called The Sunday Times and they gave me his agent's number and to cut a long story short he agreed to meet me in London to have a chat. Well that was me over the moon. I could see a First coming 'round the corner.

Unfortunately two days before the interview Don was given a new assignment to return to Biafra to complete an update on his earlier work. So near and yet... Anyway I contacted the Guardian who fixed me up with an interview with their photographer in Northern Ireland, Don McPhee spookily enough. And he was fantastic, describing the amazing stress and fear barriers he had been through as he documented very violent, armed people trying to kill and maim each other.

So back to McCullin. You will definitely need to get yourselves along to The Tate Britain in 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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