Don Mc Cullin
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Donald McCullin, CBE Hon FRPS (born 9 October 1935) is an internationally known British photojournalist, particularly recognized for his war photography and images of urban strife. His career, which began in 1959, has specialised in examining the underside of society, and his photographs have depicted the unemployed, downtrodden and the impoverished.
Don McCullin was born in a poor section of northern London, UK. After serving as an aerial photographer for the RAF during his national service, from 1964 to 1984 he covered battlefields in Cyprus, the Congo, Biafra, Vietnam, Cambodia, Bangladesh, El Salvador, and the Middle East, becoming one of history’s great war photographers.
He is the author of more than a dozen books, including his acclaimed autobiography, Unreasonable Behaviour (1990), and 2001’s retrospective Don McCullin (both by Jonathan Cape). The winner of numerous awards, including two Premier Awards from the World Press Photo, in 1992 he became the only photojournalist to be made Commander of the British Empire (CBE).
In recent years, in addition to his landscape work in Britain and India, he has focused primarily on the African continent, documenting the AIDS crisis in South Africa, Botswana and Zambia, producing a book on the “lost tribes” of Ethiopia, Don McCullin in Africa (Jonathan Cape 2005), and photographing refugees from the genocide in Darfur in 2007. He was awarded the 2006 Cornell Capa Award by the International Center for Photography in New York for his lifetime contribution to photography.
He has been associated with Contact Press Images since 1995. He is based in Somerset, England, UK.