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The photo album of the century

Features | October 2017

Eastbourne, 1970s. McCullin has shot six major photo essays on Britain. Born in 1935, he began his career in 1959, with his first published picture, of a young gang in his native north London. A 2016 Oldie prizewinner, McCullin was knighted this year.
Near Bruton, Somerset, 1986. McCullin often photographs Somerset, where he lives. In traumatised moments, he says, people often suggest ‘the help of a psychiatrist. But I’m convinced that I found a better healer in the English landscape.’
Berlin, 1961 – West Germans communicating with relations in East Berlin. When the Berlin Wall went up in 1961, McCullin cut short his honeymoon to rush there. The Berlin pictures won him a British Press Award and an Observer contract.

Don McCullin is Britain's greatest war photographer, capturing battle scenes across the world for more than fifty years. A huge boxed set covers his conflict pictures, reportage and British landscapes.

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