Shaped by War
Imperial War Museums, Photography, London, United-Kingdom
Sunday October 7, 2012 - Sunday April 15, 2012 - Event ended.
Don McCullin is one of the most important photographers of our generation. For more than 50 years, his uncompromising black and white photographs have shaped our awareness and understanding of modern conflict and its consequences. Don McCullin, alongside other leading photographers, journalists and our curator, will be discussing the issues and challenges of war photography in a series of events that accompany the exhibition.
Don McCullin is one of the most important photographers of our generation. For more than 50 years, his uncompromising black and white photographs have shaped our awareness and understanding of modern conflict and its consequences.
Shaped by War presents the largest collection of Don McCullin’s work ever seen on public display.
His photographs are accompanied by a newly commissioned film interview, magazine spreads and personal memorabilia. Together, they tell the remarkable story of his life and work, including his most famous assignments in Berlin, Vietnam, Cambodia, Biafra, Bangladesh and the Middle East.
Key periods in McCullin’s life including his early experiences of evacuation and the Blitz, his commissions from Berlin in 1961 and Cyprus in 1964 and his most famous work for the Sunday Times are explored alongside more recent projects with Christian Aid and, in the last few years, his photographs of still life and English landscapes at his home in Somerset.
A series of special events featuring leading photographers, journalists and our exhibition curator explore many of the challenges and issues of war photography as well as its development over the last 60 years.
To accompany the exhibition, Jonathan Cape, in association with IWM, has produced a new book:Shaped by War traces McCullin’s career through his photographs.