Raised in working class London, McCullin learned photography during his RAF national service. His break into newspapers came when he photographed gang members in his Finsbury Park neighbourhood.
Coming into adulthood at a time of enormous political and social change, McCullin threw himself headlong into the action, documenting the rise of the Berlin Wall and decades of humanitarian crises and wars from the Congo to Northern Ireland.
His work bloomed in the 1960s. In between conflict zones, McCullin captured beachside eccentrics on English piers, the homeless in London's East End and the haunting images of Maryon Park for Michelangelo Antonioni's 1966 Blow-Up.
However, it is his tenure with The Sunday Times Magazine that best represents McCullin's artistry, and one that has left an extraordinary legacy for photo-journalism. But he confesses, "my darkroom is a haunted place."
McCullin is an unforgettable portrait of a great photographer and a startling cinematic mirror on humanity itself.
"McCullin is an inspiring, powerful documentary about the great photographer which also turns into a lament for professional photo-journalism." - The Times
Presented with the Melbourne Writers Festival
24 Aug - 30 Aug
Jacqui and David Morris' BAFTA-nominated documentary charts the extraordinary career of British photographer Don McCullin, whose collected works Susan Sontag called "the photography of conscience."
The photographs themselves are wonderful in their deep textures, haunting scenarios and beautiful compositions. Combined with stories from McCullin’s extraordinary life, they create a documentary that’s conducive to repeat viewings.