LONDON — The work of photojournalist british-Don McCullin, famous for his work in black and white that goes to the heart of the war and the poverty in the world, is showing at the Tate Britain from Tuesday.
In total, 250 photographs, all in black and white, all developed by the care of the photographer today aged 83, spread out their blackness on the gray walls of the museum, london : the war in Viet Nam at the cyprus conflict through the years of the “Troubles” in Northern Ireland, the british landscape, and street scenes in London.
Recognized for its coverage of the war, which had occupied 18 of his 60-year career, Don McCullin has also taken shots of the industrial landscapes of the north of England and seized the poverty that prevailed in london’s East End.
This area become very clean since the hipsters have laid claim, was then populated by men in rags and haggard-looking, thrown to the street by a misery, sordid, trying to warm up around a fire and fortune, is it possible to see on several photos of the years 70.
His latest shots, 2018, show the ancient site of Palmyra, in Syria, devastated by the group islamic State.
The exhibition also proposes to discover some of the objects that accompanied him in his missions, as his helmet of the american army, six of his passports, his shows, as well as his Nikon, in which is lodged a ball in 1970, while he accompanied the cambodian soldiers in a rice field. A device that he has kept to remember for having been lucky.
“There’s a lot of emotion in this exhibition,” says the AFP commissioner, Simon Baker.
“The work of Gift sends a punch in the face : it is really an intense experience, with the impression of being in the heart of the matter,” he adds, pointing out that “Don has always wanted to show and communicate the suffering, the misery, and the people in need” which he knows something, for having himself grown up in poverty.
The exhibition, showing until may 6, is divided into several sections, each devoted to one of its missions, including the battle of Hue, Vietnam, in 1968, Iraq in 1991, Beirut, the aids pandemic in Africa, divided Berlin, the war in Biafra, Ethiopia, and India.
You can also see the british landscape, with many of the pictures taken near his home in Somerset, in the south-west of England.
“Even her landscapes have a drama. The skies are often very black and there is a sense of dark menace”, stresses Simon Baker.
Present for the occasion, Don McCullin has been good thanks to the photographers, some of whom eager to see the master to sign copies of
his or her works.
A admiration away from the comfortable, even if he soon learned to manage his fame.
“I feel guilty vis-à-vis the people I photograph. It is true,” he admitted, in one of his statements posted on the walls of the museum. “Why should I celebrate at the expense of the suffering of the people? I do not feel comfortable with my laurels on the head.”