“Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.”
Born: 1935 Finsbury Park,London (a poor and rough area at the time)
Education: Left school at fifteen with no qualifications, later signed up to National Service in the RAF as a photographic assistant.
Awards: 1961 British Press Award for his essay on the construction of the Berlin Wall
1993 first photojournalist to be made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE).
2 premier Awards from the World Press Photo.
2006 Cornell Capa Award by the International Centre for Photography in New York for his lifetime contribution to photography. He is the author of more than a dozen books , including his acclaimed autobiography Unreasonable Behaviour (1990)
Don McCullin is an internationally known British photojournalist, particularly recognized for his war photography and images of urban strife.
His career, which began in 1959, specialised in examining the underside of society, and his photographs have depicted the unemployed, downtrodden and the impoverished. After National Service with the RAF he returned to London armed with a twin reflex Rolleicord camera and began photographing friends from a local gang named The Guv’nors. Persuaded to show them to the picture editor at the Observer in 1959, aged 23, he earned his first commission and began his long and distinguished career in photography alnost by accident.
War became a mainstay of his journalism, initially for the Observer and, from 1966, for The Sunday Times. In the Congo, Biafra, Uganda, Chad, Vietnam, Cambodia, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Iran, Afghanistan, Northern Ireland and more. He has been shot and badly wounded in Cambodia, imprisoned in Uganda, expelled from Vietnam and had a bounty on his head in Lebanon.
In the early 1980s increasingly he focused his foreign adventures on more peaceful matters. He travelled extensively through Indonesia, India and Africa returning with powerful essays on places and people.He has spent three decades chronicling the English countryside.
Howver, the subject of war still remains his forte. In October 2015 he travelled to Kurdistan in northern Iraq to photograph the Kurds’ three-way struggle with ISIS, Syria and Turkey.
Don McCullin – Redundant Warrior