The Tate Britain is currently showing a major retrospective of the work of the photographer Don McCullin. A vast collection of his work spanning the last 60 years. The exhibition is broken down into sections, introducing the events behind the images – the division of Berlin, the Troubles in Northern Ireland, Vietnam, Biafra and more. Many of the images are captioned with Don’s thoughts and memories from the time, giving an insight into the difficulties of documenting some truly tragic scenes.
It’s not all war and conflict though, there is work covering the working class struggles and everyday life in the 50′, 60′ and 70’s in Britain, and finishes off with Don’s more recent landscapes around his home in Somerset.
The BBC’s recent programme ‘Looking for England’ provides a valuable insight into the man behind the images – well worth watching in advance of the exhibition – as he travels around England in a study of ‘Englishness’.
The exhibition runs until 6 May 2019.