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Shaped by War
     

Shaped by War

by Don McCullin
 

Don McCullin has held many exhibitions over the years, including his first landmark show at the V&A in London nearly thirty years ago. As the greatest war photographer of his time, it is no surprise that his work is the subject of a huge exhibition currently being organized by the Imperial War Museum. The exhibition will open at the museum's Manchester site in

Overview

Don McCullin has held many exhibitions over the years, including his first landmark show at the V&A in London nearly thirty years ago. As the greatest war photographer of his time, it is no surprise that his work is the subject of a huge exhibition currently being organized by the Imperial War Museum. The exhibition will open at the museum's Manchester site in February 2010, where it will run for a few months and then open at the London museum a year later.

The accompanying book will be a departure from the usual format of MCullin publishing and will be sized to match the original Sunday Times Magazine, where so much of his work first appeared. Focusing on his important stories the book will trace his entire career. McCullin has been interviewed on film for many hours for this project and the edited transcriptions of those interviews will form much of the substance of his text.

McCullin's little known colour work will be reproduced along side pages from the magazines and an assemblage of McCullin's personal material and documents. These include his cameras, boots and helmet, numerous passports and photographs of him at work on the battlefield, together with illuminating personal correspondence.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Growing up in London during the Blitz was a nightmarish experience that proved ideal training for award-winning photographer McCullin, who spent his career crossing the globe traveling from war to war. In this stellar volume he recounts falling aimlessly into photography after being assigned to a photographic unit in the British army. Soon after his service discharge in the mid-1950s, he found himself photographing combat in Cyprus, the building of the Berlin Wall, the Six-Day War, early action in Vietnam, and, later, El Salvador. He also captured the horrors of the Biafra famine—wherever terrible things were happening, he went. The numerous monochrome pictures are wonderful enough, and McCullin's text is heavy with the emotion of the horrors he witnessed. He also reveals the guilt he felt at exploiting others at their worst moments to earn his living. But his trade almost cost him his life; he was wounded once and was saved from further harm by his Nikon F, which stopped an AK round that might have killed him (there's a great image of the shattered prism housing!). VERDICT Remarkable photographs matched by an emotional text make this a standout volume for photography fans.—Mike Rogers, Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780224090261
Publisher:
Random House UK
Publication date:
04/01/2011
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 12.70(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Don McCullin worked for the Sunday Times for 18 years and covered every major conflict in his adult lifetime until the Falklands War, which the British government refused to grant him a press pass to cover, as his work was considered so powerful and evocative. His most recent books include Don McCullin in Africa, In EnglandSouthern Frontiers, and his definitive monograph Don McCullin.

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