UNREASONABLE BEHAVIOR


UNREASONABLE BEHAVIOR

DON MCCULLIN    Book Number: 88450    Product format: Paperback

Don McCullin (Sir Don since his knighthood in 2017) was born in 1935 and grew up in bomb-scarred North London, in between evacuations. As he says, his childhood was, simply, war - actual being bombed war, playing war on the bomb sites and then, after 1945, films about war - and all this was capped with National Service in 1953 in the RAF in North Africa. It was there, in Aden, that he acquired his first camera, a Rolleicord, and the rest, as they say... His freelance photos eventually caught the attention of the Observer and his big break came when he went to Berlin in 1961 to document the construction of the Wall. In 1966 he became overseas correspondent for the Sunday Times magazine and became a new kind of hero, he and his Nikon taking a nation beyond its comfortable domestic life to the realities of war in Biafra, the Congo, Vietnam, Cambodia, Beirut and elsewhere, and the human tragedies of disease and famine in Asia and Africa, as well as Northern Ireland at the height of the Troubles. Subsequently, he photographed the rise of Ayatollah Khomeini in Iran and the Taliban in Afghanistan and both Gulf Wars until, quitting whilst still alive, he retired to the Somerset cottage he bought decades before, where he still resides, photographing the landscape and arranging still lifes, a far cry from the horrors he witnessed that he freely admits came close to destroying him. Heartbreaking, harrowing, terrifying, but also inspiring and an unputdownable read, the impeccably narrated story of a truly awe-inspiring career. 383pp with b/w photos.
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ISBN 9780802126962
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