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5.0 out of 5 stars One of those 'must have' books, 15 Oct. 2011
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This review is from: Don McCullin (Hardcover)
Make no mistake about it this is a grim book, there are some pictures in it that are hard to look at, but that surely is one of the points, to show politicians who start wars but never fight in them what it is really like, to show people who glorify war that this is the reality of their glorification, to show people what famine or destitution really looks like.
But to the man who took these pictures, Don McCullin, it is worth buying the book just to put money in his pocket, though he would surely not want to make money out of other peoples suffering. When you look at the pictures, and as a photographer myself, you stop and think of the difficulties of taking many of these pictures. He went to the battle for Hue with only thirty rolls of film. Imagine having to load film into a camera, make sure it was in properly then only having thirty six pictures available before putting in another film, each one has to count. He lost two rolls of film in the battle. As he said about the photo of the American soldier throwing a hand grenade, he had to bob up first to take a light reading, set the camera and then bob up again to take the picture. all this with the noise, death and fear everywhere. He also said that he took the same risks as the soldiers, the difference was he could go home when he wanted, they couldn't.
You can see from this book why he is the person he is, you can see why his recent work of landscapes in Somerset in England look as they do.
The hope in those days was that pictures like these would make people think twice about going to or starting wars. Sadly and tragically they failed. These days photographers are embedded with troops and their pictures largely sanitised.
This is a beautifully produced book with the pictures all in black & white, not all about war but most are of a sombre nature. At the price a real steal. It is worth buying to thank him and other photographers of war for having the courage to go and do it rather than staying at home photographing glamour models.
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