Don Mcullin

Don Mcullin is a British photojournalist who is recognised for his war photography.

A lot of the images he took were disturbing; they demonstrated war, third world countries, starvation and death. His images captured issues and moments that we never usually see.

Mcullin once said: “photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.” To me, this quote explains why he took did the type of photography he did. Also not only does this apply to photography, I think that the manipulation of feelings through journalism in all aspects is important.

From looking at Don Mcullins photographs, I noticed that a lot of the people are looking towards the camera. By doing so, the people draw emotion because a lot of them look like they are begging for mercy and help from Mcullin. They are also black and white, which is what I like because it makes you focus on all of the detail in the images.

After watching the documentary about Don Mcullin, called The Redundant Warrior, I learnt a lot about what type of mindset he had. Within the film he said he has the “blackest conscious” throughout his photography work. This meant that he was detached from what he was taking photo’s of at the time, as if he was a soldier at war. Mcullin also stated that he feels like a criminal because of the photographs he took.Nowadays, it’s clear that Don Mcullin has absorbed everything he’s seen and it’s messed his head up. The photographer now lives in an unknown and hidden area as if he is running away from his life.

Personally I don’t think I would ever be able to deal what Don Mcullin has seen in his life, which is why he is such an inspiration.



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