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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential but hard to watch, 4 Mar 2013
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Don McCullin is not only one of Britain's greatest living photographers but he is also a national treasure. This DVD tells his remarkable story and it is one that anyone interested in taking photographs, or photography or visual art needs to watch. If you don't know who Don McCullin is then you clearly did not grow up through the 60s and 70s when the Sunday Times magazine was essential reading by all ages. I can recall being fascinated, transported to distant countries, amazed and shocked by the quality of the photojournalism in the magazine each week. Of course, at the time I had little idea that many of the most compelling photo-stories came from the camera and the pen of Don McCullin. There is a health warning with this DVD. McCullin's personal story is uncomfortable watching and his eye-witness accounts are often searing in their testimony. McCullin explains the challenge of being a witness and at all times the powerlessness or even hopelessness of the situation he was photographing. From Beirut to Belfast and East Berlin to the East End of London (some of my personal favourites amongst his work) McCullin tells his story without hubris or defence. He is an instantly likeable and dare I say urbane individual in the true meaning of the word. Highly recommended, and if like me you are a photographer you will want to be able to dip back into this remarkable life-journey and the images presented on many occasions by owning the DVD rather than renting it.
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Initial post: 5 Mar 2013 12:09:24 GMT
Thank you for this review, you are so right.
I studied photography originally from 1972-75 and again 1986-88. Don McCullin and Tim Page were photographers I studied on both occasions.
I had the pleasure of meeting Tim Page once and listening to him talk about his time in Vietnam. I believe Don McCullin, his contemporary, would be equally worth meeting.
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