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Wednesday, 03 February 2010


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Note that the exhibition will also be showing at Bath's Victoria Art Gallery from September and concluding at Imperial War Museum in London from October 2011 to January 2012.

He's also giving a talk there on the 15th of March and I can't wait.


That's on my must see list, and as I'm in Manchester, I think i'll be popping along on the saturday.

Love the photo you show as an example. I have never seen it before and it just blows me away. Thanks.

Thanks for posting this link to his incredible work.

How wrenching! I honestly don't know why SETI wants to contact other life in our universe? I'm sure if they are out there they have already quarantined our planet to prevent any possible spread of this self evident mass insanity.

I used to admire Mcullin's compositions back in the 60's, admire the man who could frame them in such ghastly situations. Not now, now the repeated showing is quite, quite painfull, as is only proper. Listening to him again it would seem that there was a compulsion to return time and again to make more images for us to see. And so we do, but with feelings akin to his when the albino boy took his hand. It seems as though our noble leaders also have a compulsion, namely to repeat the creation of these scenes, too often with 'god on their side', or, because 'it was the right thing to do' and so on. What more to say? What did they ever achieve that was worth the cost? I suppose we know Don Mcullin did the right thing when we hear of photographers being stopped or losing their lives, for making photos of atrocity and carnage.
KG. Cornwall.UK

Don McCullin's pictures always remind me of an earlier time when the imagery created by the War Poets, particularly Wilfred Owen, served as a record showing the horror of war.
I think of "Strange Meeting" by Wilfred Owen, when I see McCullin's pictures.
He always printed characteristically dark; even the landscapes of his farm look like war-zones, so it looks like he brought the war back with him.

There is a longer interview with the photographer from, I think, 2006 here:


Transcript & audio.

I just saw McCullin's retrospective at the C/O Berlin, and while I found it very interesting, I didn't really feel so moved by his composition and moments as I have by other Magnum photographers. My favorite though was definitely the hunkered down rebels in the blown out Holiday Inn lobby.

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