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The story of a legendary photographers' life and work is also a
remarkable and devastating visual document of war and warfare
No other photographer in modern times has recorded war and its
aftermath as widely and unsparingly as Don McCullin. After a London
childhood during the Blitz, McCullin feels his life has indeed been
shaped by war. From the building of the Berlin Wall at the height
of the Cold War to El Salvador and Kurdistan, McCullin has covered
the major conflicts of the last 50 years, with the notable
exception of the Falklands, for which he was denied access. This
remarkable narrative of McCullin's life contains a collection of
pictures of him in the field with key photographs from his career.
Whenever possible emphasis has been placed on the presentation of
previously unpublished material. The inclusion of rarely-seen color
work challenges the conventional appraisal of McCullin's world
being exclusively black and white. Numerous documents, original
publications, and personal mementoes are reproduced, including his
cameras, boots, helmet, numerous passports, and illuminating
personal correspondence. McCullin recounts the course of his
professional life in a series of devastating texts on war, the
events, and the power of photography. The brutality of conflict
returns over and over again, and here McCullin voices his despair.