Many wonder how people have the chance to capture such captivating and moving pictures from war. The truth is, it takes a lot of courage and will and Don McCullin knows that.
Don McCullin is a photojournalist that has a majority of his life taking pictures through the world’s crisis and many problems. He was born in Finsbury Park in London in 1935. He didn’t complete high school as a teenager and left at the age of 15. Later, he signed up for the National Service in the RAF and became a photographic assistant. He was first contracted to work with The Observer and covered the war in Cyprus war between the conflicts of the Greek and Turkish Cypriots.
He worked with The Sunday Times and during his employment there, he a covered a numerous amount of conflicts all around the world. He his most famous for documenting the Vietnam war and the Lebanese war along with also Biafra, El Salvador, the Middle East, Cambodia, etc. He liked to focus a lot of the victims of the wars of the warn-torn countries. He went through many lengths and risks to get his photographs.
After The Sunday Times, he became more of a free lance photographer and spent a majority amount of time in Africa. There, he covered the AIDS crisis and made a book about the ‘Lost Tribes’. He is an author of dozens of books including his autobiography. He was even the first photojournalists to be given the position of Commander of the British Empire
McCullin received many awards for dedicating his life to photojournalism including: World Press Photo of the Year, the Cornell Capa Award, and many of his works were also displayed in many museums and exhibitions. McCullin served to well document all of war’s hardest battles and gave the world a different perspective.