London, 22 February 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA).
London photographer Don McCullin is having his work simultaneously exhibited at the Tate Britain (until 4 March) and the Imperial War Museum (until 15 April 2012).
The Tate Britain, which constitutes part of the Tate Gallery, is putting together a small exhibition of about fifty black and white works of art, showing mostly photographs which capture the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961, the homeless occupying East London in the 70s— depicting the harsh reality of post-war life, as wall as the countryside of Somerset, the county in which McCullin’s currently resides.
The British photographer is known for his black and white photographs depicting countrysides and city life. His prominent themes are world misery and war — Vietnam, Cambodia, Biafra, Bangladesh, and the Middle East. The Imperial War Museum in London will be showing for the first time the largest exhibition ever created on McCullin’s works, “Shaped by War.” In addition to his photographs, the museum will be exhibiting interviews, magazines, and the artist’s memories.
Donald McCullin (1935) was born in an impoverished London neighborhood. At fourteen, following the death of his father, he was forces to work in order to help provide money for his family. While travelling during in his military service with Royal Air Force, McCullin discovered the art of photography. He was hired in 1966 by the Sunday Times in London, where he covered the famine in Bihar, India, the Cambodian-Vietnamese War, the Six-Day war in Israel, as well as other world conflicts — Beyrouth, Congo, Salvador. He presented his first big exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London in 1980. Presently, he shoots photographs of landscapes, still-lifes, and commissioned portraits. Throughout his career, McCullin has acquired several awards and accomplishments, such as the World Press Photo (1964), the Dr. Erich Salomon Prize (1992 & 1993), and the Cornell Capa Award (2006). He was also made a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society (2007).