Don McCullin’s England

07 March 2014

Exhibitions, Industry news

Hamiltons in London presents the third of its exclusive online exhibitions: Don McCullin’s England from 7 March-1 April.  Comprising a selection of McCullin’s iconic photographs of people and places in England, these images capture his candid and uncompromising view of his homeland.

Don McCullin HonFRPS was born in Finsbury Park, it was a photograph of a gang – The Guvnors - from his neighbourhood that, after being published in The Observer in 1959, marked the beginning of a career in which he would become one of the pre-eminent photojournalists of our time.

McCullin’s England photographs reveal the social gulf where the separation of rich and poor is as distinct as ever. Travelling the world for The Sunday Times as an overseas correspondent during the sixties and seventies, he returned with photographic records of man-made catastrophes from war-zones across the globe. His sympathy lies with the victim and it is with the same honesty seen in his war photographs that McCullin portrays his view of the divisions in England’s society. 

© Don McCullin. Dew Pond by Iron Age Hill Fort, Somerset, 1988 This disillusionment is balanced with empathy and at times, wit and irony, where ludicrousness is as rife as misfortune. In contrast to the human tragedy he has witnessed and recorded, his capture of the beauty of landscape reveals his deep and unwavering love for England, something that he has taken great pleasure in photographing particularly in recent years. “When my time’s up on this Earth I want to leave a legacy behind of beautiful landscape pictures of Somerset.”

To view the exhibition, and for further information and prices, please see Hamiltons Gallery website:

© Don McCullin. The Consett Steel Mill, (kids of coal slag heap), County Durham, 1970s  
© Don McCullin. Dew Pond by Iron Age Hill Fort, Somerset, 1988