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A masterpiece of stark beauty,
This review is from: In England (Hardcover)
Don McCullin In England is a beautifully produced and powerful piece of work. It collects many of his lesser known photographs of England from around the late 1950's up until the mid 2000's - and is absolutely rivetting, not just as an example of his genius with the camera, but also as a social history of England. What's interesting is that many of the pictures taken in the 1960's could have been taken in the thirties, and many of the more recent photos could have been from earlier times, proving that although as a society things have changed, they've also stayed the same.
McCullin's knack is to capture the starkness of life and landscape in a way that summarises the beauty and atmosphere, whether it be harsh industrial landscapes, street scenes, barren rural landscapes, or the plight and hopelessness of the many dispossesed characters he seems to have photographed in this volume. Whatever the subject, there is a powerful sense of connection here between photograph and photographer, and that's what makes McCullin so special.
I think this book means more to me because I've read McCullin's autobiography, which explains something of how he sees the world and shapes his images as a result. Either way, In England is one of the most powerful photographic books available, and with high production values from Jonathan Cape in the printing and presentation of the material, it's a superb volume to own. Whether you are interested in McCullin, photography in general, or a social history of our country, the book is recommended without reservation.