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McCullin – review

5 January 2013 4:02 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Ever since the invention of photography the camera has been a vital witness to war: Roger Fenton in the Crimea; Mathew Brady recording the American civil war; John Warwick Brooke on the Western Front in the first world war; Robert Capa covering the Spanish civil war, the second world war and war in Indochina, where he died in 1954. The British photojournalist Don McCullin belongs in their company, and in this excellent documentary the careworn, ruggedly handsome McCullin talks straight to camera with great honesty about covering wars and conflicts in Cyprus, Congo, Biafra, Vietnam, Northern Ireland, Cambodia and Lebanon.

His first assignment was in his working-class east London for the Observer, accompanying the American writer Clancy Sigal (who came to Britain as a McCarthy fugitive in the mid-1950s) to report on a violent teenage gang with which he'd been associated. The assignment produced remarkable images, most memorably a half »

- Philip French

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