Legendary British photographer Sir Don McCullin in conversation with Rachel Campbell-Johnston, chief art critic, The Times. Don talks about key pieces selected for his exhibition at Tate Liverpool along with his wider body of work. This event was originally broadcast on Thursday, August 26, 2021.
Don McCullin at Tate Liverpool has been extended to Sunday, September 5 and shows over 200 iconic photographs captured over the last 60 years.
The exhibition includes poignant images of international conflicts alongside photographs of the UK, which depict scenes of working-class life in the industrial north and London's East End. Also on display will be some of McCullin's most recent landscape photography taken in the artist’s home county of Somerset.
Sir Don McCullin was born in 1935 and grew up in a deprived area of north London. He got his first break when a newspaper published his photograph of friends who were in a local gang. From the 1960s he forged a career photographing conflict for many years, primarily working for The Sunday Times Magazine. His unforgettable and sometimes harrowing images are accompanied in the show with his brutally honest commentaries.
Rachel Campbell-Johnston is the chief art critic and poetry critic for The Times. She studied English Literature at the University of Edinburgh and has a PhD in modern and contemporary British poetry. Her first book, Mysterious Wisdom: The Life and Work of Samuel Palmer, was published to great acclaim in 2011. The Child's Elephant is her first book for children. You can read Rachel’s review of Don McCullin at Tate Liverpool here.