Don McCullin

Don McCullin (Egland, *1935) went to East End in London everyday as a young adult. He dressed like a homeless and wandered around with the camera. Sometimes he returned with no good shot on the whole film but “it is like a man who sits by a river fishing – doesn’t mean to say you gotta catch fish.”

Later he worked as a war photographer in South East Asia, Cyprus, Beirut and other regions with man-made conflicts.

Don McCullin on the emotional difficulties of being a war photographer:

During the first 1.5 minutes he talks about how he objected the upcoming feeling of superiority and fame. Then he talks about various photographs he took during the VietNam war.
When once being shot himself he looked at it as a lesson. “How can you photograph other people’s pain when you don’t know the value of pain?”


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