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Unreasonable Behaviour: The Updated Autobiography Hardcover – 8 Oct 2015
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"He has known all forms of fear, he's an expert in it. He has come back from God knows how many brinks, all different. His experience in a Ugandan prison alone would be enough to unhinge another man - like myself, as a matter of fact - for good. He has been forfeit more times than he can remember, he says. But he is not bragging. Talking this way about death and risk, he seems to be implying quite consciously that by testing his luck each time, he is testing his Maker's indulgence." (John le Carré)
"If this was just a book of McCullin's war photographs it would be valuable enough. But it is much more." (Sunday Correspondent)
"From the opening...there is hardly a dull sentence: his prose is so lively and uninhibited... An excellent book." (Sunday Telegraph)
"If anyone is the living embodiment of the power of a photo, it is Don McCullin." (Christina Lamb Sunday Times)
"This is a great book not just for those with an interest in photography, but also for those with an interest in modern history." (Oliver Atwell Amateur Photographer)
"He has known all forms of fear, he's an expert in it. He has come back from God knows how many brinks, all different. His experience in a Ugandan prison alone would be enough to unhinge another man - like myself, as a matter of fact - for good. He has been forfeit more times than he can remember, he says. But he is not bragging. Talking this way about death and risk, he seems to be implying quite consciously that by testing his luck each time, he is testing his Maker's indulgence."
"If this was just a book of McCullin's war photographs it would be valuable enough. But it is much more."
"From the opening...there is hardly a dull sentence: his prose is so lively and uninhibited... An excellent book."
"If anyone is the living embodiment of the power of a photo, it is Don McCullin."
"This is a great book not just for those with an interest in photography, but also for those with an interest in modern history."
‘McCullin is required reading if you want to know what real journalism is all about.’ - Times Literary Supplement
The updated autobiography published for McCullin's 80th birthday.
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Unreasonable Behaviour charts McCullin's extraordinarily eventful life, and contains some harrowing and haunting images that have made his work famous around the world. Much of the time the book is descriptive, journalistic, impressionistic, and much of McCullin himself remains hidden. This is understandable, given the life he's led and the result it has had on him, but the private life and thoughts of the man are equally interesting - if not more so.
Interestingly for me, the story of McCullin's childhood and early adulthood in London was as powerful and compelling as any of the war zones he describes and after a while, it must be said - one chaotic and awful war zone begins to read and look just like another one. Some of the short, punchy chapters that characterise this book are better and more interesting than others, but overall it's one of the more powerful autobiographies of a media photographer that I've read. You cannot help but wonder how one man can pack so much into his life, and just what price has been paid for some of the images he has recorded. Worth a read even if you are not interested in photography? Absolutely.
NOTE ON THE UPDATED VERSION: Having just taken receipt of the updated hardback copy of the book that celebrates McCullin's 80th birthday, a couple of points that might be useful for prospective purchasers. Firstly, it's a well-produced, slightly square shaped hardback that contains an update on McCullin's life and brings it pretty much up to the present day. Notably lacking however, are more examples of his later photography in these updated chapters. Apart from one or two of the Somerset countryside, there is nothing from recent portfolios, which is a bit of a shame. The paper quality hasn't lent itself to great reproductions of the pictures that are included - which presumably is intentionally directing enthusiasts towards the definitive edition of 'Don McCullin' that is retailing at £50.00
This biography is about people involved in poverty or war and often both, and how a young man from poverty took or either made the opportunity to go see the world with all it's faults until going to conflicts became a habit he needed to break to survive or gain any quality of life. His story also tells of the extreme change in methods of reporting and how newspapers became weary of showing starving children with dead and injured civilians being shown against glossy advertising for sleek cars - and how the industry turned away from ethical to financial priorities in producing news.
He is his own most bitter critic, yet he never allows callousness or indifference to create a shield against the horrors mankind inflict upon ourselves.
This book should be required reading for anyone thinking that war is like a video game and that you can just switch off and carry on with life once you are back home. It also illuminates the stupidity of our leaders and governments world-wide who try to tell us that we should support organised murder because of a necessary cause - he doesn't make such judgments or politicize his story - like all good reporters he simply portrays in words & images how it is. A harrowing journey through a life rarely known to the rest of us,
I have been a fan of Don McCullin's work for many years and having seen the documentary based on him and several interviews, I already knew some of the stories covered in this book but that did not make it any less enjoyable or shocking to read. Having seen McCullin on film before, I could immediately identify with his words and style of writing. I could hear his voice as I was reading his words.
The stories and memories covered in his autobiography are funny, always frank and honest, insightful, interesting, sobering and eye-opening. Despite being bombarded by dreadful scenes daily in the media and being almost numb to atrocity and violence, his words somehow managed to strike me and stir up emotions I forgot I had.
If you are a fan of McCullin's then this is a must read (it also has some of his most memorable photographs inside - and the stories behind them). If you're not familiar with his work but interested in photojournalism then read it. If you're not familiar with McCullin or have an interest in photojournalism then read it anyway. It might open up your eyes to humanity.
McCullin is obviously haunted by his past life as a war photographer. I hope he finds peace soon.
It is a whirlwind tour of pretty much every conflict since in the last 40 years and you can't help but despair at the futility and repetition of it all. Every time he leaves one place you think it can't get any worse but then the next chapter starts and he's off somewhere just as grim.
As far as Don McCullin goes, I just can't get enough at the moment, his photos are incredible and the 2013 documentary about him is a good companion to this book.
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