Thursday, September 29, 2011

Photographer Don McCullin at Tate Britain

Tate britain is currently staging an exhibition of the work of photographer Don McCullin who is recognised as one of the most important war photographers of the late twentieth century.

Throughout his career he has documented the devastation caused by events of international significance including conflicts in Vietnam, Lebanon, Cyprus and Biafra and his photographs have depicted war-torn regions with clarity and honesty.

This display, selected in collaboration with Don, takes a broader view of his photographic practice. 
In one of his first overseas assignments, to Berlin in 1961, he photographed a city troubled by the uneasy coexistence of military occupation and everyday life. 
His studies of homeless people in east London and the urban landscapes of northern England, made from the 1960s onwards, reveal the harsh reality of life for the poor in post-war Britain.
'Photography isn’t looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.'  Don McCullin
From the late 1980s he has been increasingly interested in rural landscapes, producing dramatic compositions from places as different in character as the countryside around his Somerset home and the former battlefields of the Somme. 

Tate Britain — The home of British art from 1500 to the present day
London SW1P 4RG
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Entry is free except for major exibitions
Open every day 10.00–18.00
Last admission to exhibitions 17.15
Open until 22.00 on the first Friday of each month for Late at Tate Britain
Closed 24, 25, 26 December (open as normal on 1 January)

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