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“The World’s Greatest War Photographer” Don McCullin

Don McCullin, still image from the feature Seeking the Light, available to view on the Canon Professional Network website. It documents McCullin’s first adventure into digital photography. 

My two hour morning commute includes a flick through the Metro, a free paper distributed on buses and trains. Always good for getting a quick look at the goings-on in the world; this is how I came to find out about  Mandela being hospitalised for ongoing respiratory problems, the rising cost of train fares in London and the Ikea monkey in Toronto.

Earlier this week, there was a full page write-up on the British photojournalist Don McCullin, and the feature length documentary about his life, released in the UK on the 1st January 2013. I’m not about to write a profile on him, I don’t trust that my writing would do him, or his work justice. Besides, I’ve been doing a lot of reading, and came across a pretty cool interview, as well as another by the BBC and an article in  the Times  (subscription required), I think they’ve all got it covered. While McCullin seems to be a very down to earth, intelligent and incredibly interesting human being, this post is a quick look at some of his less distressing photographs. I love that the vast body of his work has been hand processed in his own dark room, something I miss from my college days. I would have liked to have visited the retrospective exhibition of his work titled “Shaped by War” at the Imperial War Museum , London, in 2012. Having failed to do so, I’m going to do my best to make it to the cinema to watch, and learn about this remarkable man.

You can watch the trailer for McCullin here.

Snowy, Cambridge, early 1970’s

A day in the life of the Beatles, 1968, read the full post here.

Berlin 1961: ‘There is just a lot of looking – confused, amazed, puzzled – going on’ from a pretty good exhibition review.

Early morning, West Hartlepool, County Durham, 1963





2 comments on ““The World’s Greatest War Photographer” Don McCullin

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    January 16, 2013

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  2. disashisoul
    January 16, 2013

    These are amazing.

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Vicki Clough

Vicki Clough

Vicki is an independent curator and craftsperson with a focus on socially engaged and participatory art and events. In January 2016 she helped launch Reconstructing Resilience, a research and curatorial project that explored various forms of sustainable practice. As a freelance curator she has worked with the Riverdale Hub, Myseum of Totonto/Art Spin and was the Curatorial Director of Figment Toronto from 2014 to 2017. She has also co-curated exhibitions including JAYU's iAM photography project (2016 & 2017), Move to Stillness, for the Harbourfront Centre's Kick Up Your Heels Festival (2015), The Duel, AGO First Thursdays (2014), and What Are You Made Of? OCAD U Graduate Gallery (2013). She initiated the Toronto based workshop model and website Polymers in Action: Socially Engaged Art and the Environment as part of her studies at OCAD University, where she obtained her Master of Fine Arts degree in Criticism and Curatorial Practice. She publishes on anything that interests her deeply and moves her to the point of lengthy verbal expression.

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