Don McCullin

Don McCullin

by Don McCullin
     
 

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Don McCullin is one of the greatest photographers of conflict in our time. His career has covered much of the latter part of the twentieth century -- a relentlessly photographed century steeped in conflict. This book is conceived on a scale that does justice to his extraordinary life. The book begins and ends in the Somerset landscape that surrounds his home. McCullin…  See more details below

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Don McCullin is one of the greatest photographers of conflict in our time. His career has covered much of the latter part of the twentieth century -- a relentlessly photographed century steeped in conflict. This book is conceived on a scale that does justice to his extraordinary life. The book begins and ends in the Somerset landscape that surrounds his home. McCullin views a mythical England in the shadow of Glastonbury Tor beneath black, almost biblical, skies. The book then follows the chronology of his life, starting in the back streets of Finsbury Park in the fifties and going on to unpublished work recording the construction of the Berlin Wall, a landmark in his lifetime. McCullin's photographs reveal a ravaged northern England, wars in Cyprus, Biafra, Vietnam, Cambodia and Beirut, riots in Derry, and famine and disease in Bangladesh. All are photographed with unswerving compassion. The sequence reaches a climax among the cannibals and tribespeople deep in the jungles of Irian Jaya, as if McCullin's gaze had come to rest far from the clutter and debris of his time, focused on humanity in an almost Stone Age condition.

As resonant as some of Goya's most terrifying imagery, collectively McCullin's photographs constitute one of the great documents of human conflict and its attendant grief, expressed with a visual lyricism that allows us to glimpse the unbearable. The introduction is written by Harold Evans, former Editor of the Sunday Times and The Times, a leading authority on photojournalism, who worked closely with McCullin over much of his career with the Sunday Times Magazine. The introduction is accompanied by an essay by Susan Sontag, the distinguished novelist, essayist and author of On Photography (1977).

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Library Journal
McCullin is a gifted and relentless photographer with an unlimited empathy for human beings facing hardship. Page by page, he shows us workers, drafted soldiers, and Third World people mired in constant struggle. There is no joy in this book, just the recording of hard lives carried out in silent dignity. McCullin, who provided front-line images for the Sunday Times Magazine from 1966 to 1984, presents this impressive retrospective in chronological order, covering the last four decades of the 20th century. Working in black and white, he shows us wars in Cyprus, Vietnam, Beirut, and Congo. In northern England, he shows the battles between people and their environment, a sooty mess of slag and clouds. In Bangladesh, Biafra, and India, he gives us the visual truth of famine. His most shocking and memorable photos are of corpses people frozen in hideous screams and postures. Harold Evans wrote the respectful introduction, and McCullin's life is noted in a sequence of biographical notes. Susan Sontag, ever probing the intellectual basis of photography, offers an essay on this photographic artist's moving work. Recommended. David Bryant, New Canaan Lib., CT Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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“This stunningly produced book reminds us that McCullin was the greatest British photographer of the twentieth century… You turn page after page of his piercing images open mouthed… this book is worth every penny.” — The Independent

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500410899
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
02/01/2008
Series:
Photofile Series
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
7.38(w) x 5.12(h) x 0.48(d)

Meet the Author

Don McCullin (b. 1935) is one of the world's most formidable photojournalists. He now lives in Somerset, England.

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