Don McCullin | Tate Britain
Posted on March 7th, 2019
‘If you cant feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures’ – DM
War photography. Not normally the sort of thing I would rush to. However, given the incredible reviews this exhibition at the Tate Britain has had since opening early Feb, I felt compelled to go.
Born in London in the 1930s, Don McCullin has spent 60 years photographing initially his home city, then moving on to become a hugely successful war photographer. His images of conflict zones are unbelievably moving – from the killing fields of Cambodia and the Vietnam War, to the horrors of Biafra, Iraq, Beirut, Northern Ireland.
These, often stark and desperate photographs, really speak to you and you can’t help feeling really emotionally charged when looking at them. McCullin printed every image himself – the clarity, the really visceral black and white images are simply stunning.
Try and make time to see this extraordinary and powerful exhibition – I’m so glad I went. One bit of advice is don’t rush it, give yourself enough time to get around it. You won’t regret it.
Tate Modern : Don McCullin until 6 May 2019