Thursday 4 February 2010

Shaped by War

Photography for the first time was able to bring the horrors of war into the homes of civilians around the world.
(Dawn, Calcutta - Don McCullin)

Through his career Don McCullin has been at the forefront of most of the conflicts around the world after WWII. He is not gun-ho about his experiences, not complacent in seeing the suffering humankind inflicts on each other. His photography reflects both the physical as well as personal destruction experienced through warfare. Though he has shot many other locations than warzones (as seen from the picture above) he is best remembered for the personal and harrowing pictures of war from the last 50 years.

As part of the BBC Today programme the BBC have released a short photography slideshow voiced by McCullin. It is short but powerful and like his work, McCullin's commentary leaves a lasting impact.

There is also an interview with Don McCullin in the BBC's radio archive. Follow the links below. Be warned the slideshow contains disturbing imagry. for a transcript of an inteview with BBC radio 3