Don McCullin

Overview

The definitive retrospective of the work of the great British photographer.

A foremost photographer of conflict, McCullin shows a ravaged northern Britain, wars in Cyprus, Biafra, Vietnam, Cambodia and Beirut, as well as riots in Derry and famine in Bangladesh, all with unswerving compassion. Collectively, McCullin’s photographs constitute one of the great documents of human conflict.

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Overview

The definitive retrospective of the work of the great British photographer.

A foremost photographer of conflict, McCullin shows a ravaged northern Britain, wars in Cyprus, Biafra, Vietnam, Cambodia and Beirut, as well as riots in Derry and famine in Bangladesh, all with unswerving compassion. Collectively, McCullin’s photographs constitute one of the great documents of human conflict.

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Editorial Reviews

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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
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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780224071185
  • Publisher: Random House UK
  • Publication date: 10/1/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Don McCullin’s career as a photojournalist began when the Observer bought one of his gangland pictures. His life is soon to be the subject of a feature film. Harold Evans was editor of The Sunday Times from 1967 to 1981 during which time Don McCullin worked extensively for the paper’s magazine.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 12
Essay 16
The Beginnings 18
Cyprus, 1964 and 1965 84
The Congo, 1964 and 1966 98
Vietnam, 1965 and 1968 106
Biafra, 1968-1970 138
The Homeless, 1969 152
Derry, 1971 160
Cambodia, 1970 172
Bangladesh, 1971 180
Cambodia, 1975 194
Bradford and The North, 1970s 200
Beirut, 1976 and 1982 216
Upriver 252
Biographical Notes 286
Bibliography 288
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