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Don McCullin

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Don McCullin is one of the greatest photographers of conflict in our time. This book was conceived on a grand scale that does justice to his extraordinary life and the events he has witnessed. It forms one of the great documents of the latter part of the last century.

The book begins and ends in the Somerset landscape that surrounds McCullin's home, but the whole sequence o
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published August 21st 2003 by Jonathan Cape (first published September 1st 2001)
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“I don’t like distance, I like to make what I do very personal and I like to get as close as I can in war so that I can show people the extreme misery of it and the futility of it – you might say I plunged my hand right into the blood”.

(his first published photo)

Feb 02, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: photography
Not much reading to be done with this book to be fair, there's a page or two of writing about McCullin, then a few pages of quotes from him about how he works, and his experiences of war. It's quite insightful, even though I've seen him speak in person about his work, this felt way more personal.
The plates are good quality and there's a useful timeline of his life/events, as well as selected bibliography. Worth a read/look if you're interested in war photography.
Alfredo Chizzoni
Questo volume è un omaggio alla carriera di don McCullin, uno dei migliori fotografi di guerra degli ultimi decenni. McCullin ha iniziato da perfetto autodidatta, proprio come tanti altri illustri fotoreporter, come lo stesso Capa. In queste pagine risalta la sua capacità di spaziare dal campo di battaglia, al reportage urbano, passando per i paesaggi campestri per giungere fino alla ricerca etnografica. La cifra unificante del lavoro di McCullin è il suo incredibile talento per la composizione, ...more
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Feb 21, 2013 Artemis Eclectica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cult
I saw an exhibition of his work at the Barbican in London some years back, but a lot of these photos I had not seen before. He is slightly colour-blind so all his photographs are in black-and-white. His work is superb, being non judgemental – just documenting - which makes it all the more powerful. Some of his work reminds me of Lee Miller’s fantastic photographs taken after WWII.
Aug 14, 2008 Jake rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art
Simply astounding, soul destroying images. I can't view McCullin's work in large doses... with most images of violence or extreme despair, viewers become numb with prolonged exposure, but not so with his work. You feel the power in every single one, and eventually it becomes unbearable. A truly amazing, pioneering photographer.
Kitty O'Day
Oct 30, 2013 Kitty O'Day rated it it was amazing
Amazing. There are no other words. Just read or look at anything this photo-god has done. an incredible life.
Mar 17, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it
Amazing, but often harrowing collection of photographs that depict everything from homelessness to the Vietnam War. Definitely worth buying !
Joanne Parkington
May 22, 2014 Joanne Parkington rated it it was amazing
Unsettling, upseting, unbeleivable and uplifting ... an amazing collection by a truely gifted man. The only dissapointment was the lack of background description ... one line wasn't enough.
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Don McCullin grew up in north London and was evacuated in 1940 to Somerset. He failed the eleven-plus examination and went to Tollington Park Secondary Modern School. He won a trade art scholarship to the Hammersmith School of Arts and Crafts and Buildings. His father, who was an invalid, died, aged forty and McCullin was forced to find work to earn money for the family. He became a pantry boy on ...more
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