What I have learnt thanks to the session about Don McCullin is that he is possibly the best war photographer of modern journalism.
I have found that he covered wars from Vietnam in the 1960’s through to Lebanon in the 1980’s, it seems his major regret was not covering the Falklands conflict.
He worked for The Times and Sunday Times from 1963 but was eventually forced to resign after the Thomson family sold the paper to Rupert Murdoch in 1981, he did carry on until 1983 but with Murdoch pushing the editorship in a different direction there was no place for this wonderful photojournalist.
McCullin’s work is thoroughly compelling, he obviously focuses a lot on human suffering and sacrifice but there are also some very candid shots of everyday things like British landscapes or someone out walking their dog.
He was obviously affected by the things he saw in various theatre’s of war around the world.
Don McCullin obviously gave a voice to the people he was covering and he shows his own great resolve with the images he captures.
A photo he took of a man playing the lute while stood over the body of a dead girl in Lebanon earned him a death threat which he said he felt honoured about so he is obviously also very corageous.