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14
Sep
09

Exhibition: ‘Don McCullin – In England’ at the National Media Museum, Bradford

Exhibition dates: 8th May – 27th September 2009

 

A passionate and personal view of England by one of our greatest living photographers, In England reflected on England from the 1950s to the present day. For half a decade McCullin recorded images of England, highlighting issues surrounding wealth, race, class and social justice. This was the first ever exhibition dedicated exclusively to this aspect of his work.

The images, taken mainly from two books – Homecoming (1979) and In England (2007) – are often imbued with their social or political context. Several exhibited photographs were taken during McCullin’s trips to Bradford and around his own home city, London, as well as Liverpool and the North East. The exhibition also included McCullin’s first ever published photograph, The Guv’nors.

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Many thankx to the National Media Museum for allowing me to publish the photographs in the posting. Please click on the photographs for a larger version of the image.

 

 

Don McCullin (British, b. 1935) 'Early morning, Steel Foundry, West Hartlepool, County Durham, U.K.' 1963

 

Don McCullin (British, b. 1935)
Early morning, Steel Foundry, West Hartlepool, County Durham, U.K.
1963
Gelatin silver print
© Don McCullin

 

Don McCullin. 'Ladies' Day, Royal Ascot' 2006

 

Don McCullin (British, b. 1935)
Ladies’ Day, Royal Ascot
2006
Gelatin silver print
© Don McCullin

 

Don McCullin. 'Kids on Bradford estate' c.1970s

 

Don McCullin (British, b. 1935)
Kids on Bradford estate
c. 1970s
Gelatin silver print
© Don McCullin

 

Don McCullin (British, b. 1935) 'Bradford, early 1970s' c. 1970s

 

Don McCullin (British, b. 1935)
Bradford, early 1970s
c. 1970s
Gelatin silver print
© Don McCullin

 

Don McCullin (British, b. 1935) 'Blackpool, early 1970s' c. 1970s

 

Don McCullin (British, b. 1935)
Blackpool, early 1970s
c. 1970s
Gelatin silver print
© Don McCullin

 

 

A passionate and personal view of Britain by one of our greatest living photographers is being showcased in a major free-to-enter exhibition at the National Media Museum from 8 May – 27 September 2009.

Don McCullin – In England reflects on Britain from the 1950s to the present day. For half a decade McCullin, in addition to travelling the world photographing war ravaged countries to great acclaim, has been recording England and highlighting issues surrounding wealth, race, class and social justice.

The National Media Museum is hosting the first ever exhibition dedicated exclusively to this aspect of his work. Curator Colin Harding said: “Although Don is probably best known for his war photography, he is not purely a war photographer and does not class himself as such. However, many of the 70 black and white images displayed in this new show are clearly influenced by his experiences abroad. Don’s vision of England is not a pretty one. He photographed what he saw and what he saw was often harsh – poverty, unemployment, discrimination, but he always photographs with passion and empathy.”

Many of the images have a political or social context and are taken extensively from two books – Homecoming (1979) and In England (2007); coincidentally published in the same years Margaret Thatcher came to power and Tony Blair left power respectively. Some of the images will be publicly displayed for the first time.

Don McCullin – In England gives audiences the chance to see his first ever published photograph – of The Guv’nors, a 1950s gang from his neighbourhood around Finsbury Park, London. The picture appeared in The Observer newspaper after a policeman was murdered by one of the gang members.

Several exhibited photographs were taken during McCullin’s trips to Bradford (the National Media Museum’s home city) and around his own home city, London, as well as Liverpool and the North East. Other aspects of English life are featured – a series of landscapes, including a study of Hadrian’s Wall taken earlier this year, a 1968 shoot with The Beatles, and trips to the seaside and Royal Ascot.

To complement the exhibition a new area will be produced on the Museum’s website offering exclusive video interviews, images, further information, and links to other relevant websites.

Text form the National Media Museum website

 

 

Don McCullin. 'The Guv'nors, Finsbury Park, London' 1958

 

Don McCullin (British, b. 1935)
The Guv’nors, Finsbury Park, London
1958
Gelatin silver print
© Don McCullin

 

Don McCullin. 'Mayfair, London' 1965

 

Don McCullin (British, b. 1935)
Mayfair, London
1965
Gelatin silver print
© Don McCullin

 

Don McCullin. 'Snowy, Cambridge, early 1970s' c.1970s

 

Don McCullin (British, b. 1935)
Snowy, Cambridge, early 1970s
c. 1970s
Gelatin silver print
© Don McCullin

 

 

According to McCullin, a postcard of this photograph sold ‘like hotcakes’ in Australia. McCullin found Snowy, the man in the portrait, standing by the side of the road with an ice-cream barrow in Cambridge, in the early 1970s. He pulled the mouse out of his pocket and put it into his mouth as McCullin took pictures.

 

Don McCullin. 'Windsor Baths, Bradford, early 1970s' c.1970s

 

Don McCullin (British, b. 1935)
Windsor Baths, Bradford, early 1970s
c. 1970s
Gelatin silver print
© Don McCullin

 

Don McCullin. 'Mother and son, Bradford' 1978

 

Don McCullin (British, b. 1935)
Mother and son, Bradford
1978
Gelatin silver print
© Don McCullin

 

Don McCullin. 'Towards an Iron Age hill fort, Somerset' 1991

 

Don McCullin (British, b. 1935)
Towards an Iron Age hill fort, Somerset
1991
Gelatin silver print
© Don McCullin

 

 

Don McCullin (British, b. 1935)
Festival of Speed, Goodwood, Sussex
2006
Gelatin silver print
© Don McCullin

 

 

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Dr Marcus Bunyan

Dr Marcus Bunyan is an Australian artist and writer. His art work explores the boundaries of identity and place. He writes Art Blart, a photographic archive and form of cultural memory, which posts mainly photography exhibitions from around the world. He holds a Dr of Philosophy from RMIT University, Melbourne, a Master of Arts (Fine Art Photography) from RMIT University, and a Master of Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne.

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