Shaped by War

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Jonathan Cape, Apr 1, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 208 pages
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The story of a legendary photographers' life and work is also a remarkable and devastating visual document of war and warfare

No other photographer in modern times has recorded war and its aftermath as widely and unsparingly as Don McCullin. After a London childhood during the Blitz, McCullin feels his life has indeed been shaped by war. From the building of the Berlin Wall at the height of the Cold War to El Salvador and Kurdistan, McCullin has covered the major conflicts of the last 50 years, with the notable exception of the Falklands, for which he was denied access. This remarkable narrative of McCullin's life contains a collection of pictures of him in the field with key photographs from his career. Whenever possible emphasis has been placed on the presentation of previously unpublished material. The inclusion of rarely-seen color work challenges the conventional appraisal of McCullin's world being exclusively black and white. Numerous documents, original publications, and personal mementoes are reproduced, including his cameras, boots, helmet, numerous passports, and illuminating personal correspondence. McCullin recounts the course of his professional life in a series of devastating texts on war, the events, and the power of photography. The brutality of conflict returns over and over again, and here McCullin voices his despair.

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Shaped by War

User Review  - Mike Rogers - Book Verdict

Growing up in London during the Blitz was a nightmarish experience that proved ideal training for award-winning photographer McCullin, who spent his career crossing the globe traveling from war to war ... Read full review

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User Review  - Drew - Goodreads

An expansion of McCullin' autobiography (Unreasonable Behaviour). Bigger images make for easier viewing. An interesting insight into one of the 20th centuries great photo journalists. It's a dark read ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

\Don McCullin worked for the Sunday Times for 18 years and covered every major conflict in his adult lifetime until the Falklands War, which the British government refused to grant him a press pass to cover, as his work was considered so powerful and evocative. His most recent books include Don McCullin in Africa, In EnglandSouthern Frontiers, and his definitive monograph Don McCullin.