Sir Don McCullin reveals his photographs haunt him

28 May 2018

The RPS Journal

The acclaimed photographer Don McCullin HonFRPS, whose images helped explode political myths about the Vietnam war, looks back on an astonishing career. At home in Somerset, he explains to journalist Peter Ross how he lives with the pain of others frozen in time by his photographs.

‘In this house I’ve got 70,000 negatives,’ he says. ‘This house is contaminated by the historical events I’ve covered.’

In a candid interview, he speaks about the images of which he is proudest, and describes the impact his father’s death had on him. 

‘At the age of 82 I’m on the edge of an opportunity to meet God, if he’s there, but I don’t think he’s going to be. He took my father away when I was 14, and it was the most wicked thing he ever did. I gave up God the day my dad died.’

Read more on Don McCullin HonFRPS in the June 2018 issue of The RPS Journal. If you are not a member of The RPS and would like to receive The Journal each month please click here to join.



Top picture copyright: Portrait of Don McCullin HonFRPS by Katherine Wood. 

Image above copyright: Tormented, Homeless Irishman, Spitalfields, London, 1969 by Don McCullin HonFRPS / Hamiltons Gallery; 


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03 July 2018

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12 June 2018

Can I buy the RPS journal at a bookshop with the don McCullin article - I think the June edition - if so where please?

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