Don McCullin

Photographs by Don McCullin. Text by Harold Evans and Susan Sontag.

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First published in 2001, this retrospective survey offers both an examination of Don McCullin's photographic career as well as a record of half a century of international conflict. Coinciding with the photographer's eightieth birthday, this expanded edition of Don McCullin serves as fitting homage to a photographer who dedicated his life to the front line in order to deliver compassionate visual testament to human suffering. With texts by Mark Holborn, Harold Evans and Susan Sontag, and photographs taken by McCullin in England, Cyprus, Vietnam, the Congo, Biafra, Northern Ireland, Cambodia, Bangladesh and Beirut, this is an essential volume on one of the legendary photographers of the 20th century. I have long admired Don McCullin's heroic journey through some of the most appalling zones of suffering in the last third of the 20th century, Sontag wrote in her essay. We now have a vast repository of images that make it harder to preserve such moral defectiveness. Let the atrocious images haunt us Seeing reality in the form of an image cannot be more than an invitation to pay attention, to reflect, to learn, to examine the rationalizations for mass suffering offered by established powers.

Format: Hardback
Number of pages: 352
Publication date: 2015-08-25
Measurements: 11.7 x 12.3 x 1.5 inches
ISBN: 9781597113427


The artistry of his compositions and the compassion with which he approached his subjects gave his work accessibility—and for years it was his photographs that connected British people to the reality of wars and natural disasters in faraway places.CNN

One of his great skills as a photojournalist was being able to shoot an image of something people find hard to look at and transform it into something they can’t look away from.CNN

With his visceral frontline images, he brought intense, gut wrenching moments of combat into the homes of millions.Mother Jones

Photographs by Don McCullin. Text by Harold Evans and Susan Sontag.

Don McCullin grew up in north London. He worked for the Sunday Times for eighteen years and covered every major conflict during his adult lifetime, until the Falklands War. He has received many honors and awards, including being named Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). Since the original publication of this definitive retrospective book in 2001, Mcullin has continued to take photographs, publishing Don McCullin in Africa (2005), In England (2007), Southern Frontiers: A Journey Across the Roman Empire (2010), and Shaped by War (2010). He lives in Somerset, UK.
Sir Harold Evans was editor of the Sunday Times from 1967 to 1981. He lives in New York.
Susan Sontag was an influential writer, director, and activist. She was awarded many honors, including the National Book Critics Circle Award for On Photography (1977), and was a MacArthur Fellow between 1990 and 1994.