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Don McCullin Book Shows the Legendary Photojournalist in Full

A retrospective book featuring the work of legendary British photojournalist Don McCullin was released recently by Tate Publishing. Simply titled Don McCullin, the monograph includes photographs from the 1950s to the present and highlights all areas of McCullin’s practice.

McCullin, who was knighted in 2017, is best known for his work as a war correspondent in Vietnam, Cyprus, Lebanon and Biafra, yet the book makes it clear that McCullin was more than a conflict photographer. Don McCullin includes series that document poverty, travel assignments, rarely seen color work, and more. Most recently, McCullin has turned to landscape photography. “It’s been my healing,” McCullin told Eugene Richards in an interview published by PDN in 2011. “Now in England people talk more about my landscapes than about my war [photography], which pleases the hell out of me. I think I’ve kicked the old war junkie habit.”

A Londoner, McCullin got his first break when The Observer published his photograph “The Guvnors,” a portrait of members of a street gang in his local community of Finsbury Park. The gang had been involved in the murder of a police officer, and McCullin’s image of the men posing in a bombed-out building launched his career.

Don McCullin is edited by Simon Baker, director of the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, and Shoair Malian, director of Photoworks. Both previously held positions as curators at Tate.

Don McCullin
Edited by Simon Baker and Shoair Malian
Tate Publishing | Distributed by ABRAMS

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