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The made-for-cinema documentary shows how Don McCullin created some of the latter twentieth-century's most iconic images of man's inhumanity to man. Working at a critical time in global photojournalism, he witnessed the change of ethos to publishing and editorial freedom for newspapers to print what they wanted, free from constraints of advertisers. He brought the impact and reality of human conflict to the general reader, going on war assignments sometimes with only twenty rolls of film.He was
Mixes recent interviews with McCullin with contemporaneous news footage and McCullin's own photographs, which have lost none of their power.
He added lustre to a profession which, before him, was considered more of a craft than an art.
As much a look back on the wars of the 1960s and 1970s as it is a biography.
Here's a man who has witnessed what he terms "the price of humanity": his pictures and this compelling documentary are eloquent testimony to the darkness and light inherent in those words.
Jacqui Morris and David Morris's documentary is a labour of love with both words operative. Lots of love lavished on McCullin's craft and courage.
His recollections are as sobering as his images, and a great many of both will embed themselves in your head.
A terrific and fitting tribute to one of modern history's greatest eyewitnesses.
He speaks very powerfully of the dilemmas he has faced and the decisions required to maintain some sense of integrity in his work.
McCullin emerges as an unsentimental, plain-speaking, thoughtful man, disgusted at the inhumanity of war - and yet candid about how he is also personally and professionally drawn to its drama.
This is pretty straight up documentary making but for fans of McCullin and those interested in photography in general, it's recommended viewing.
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