Don McCullin is one of the greatest photographers that Britain has produced. In 2009 I had the privilege of working closely with Don when I curated our special exhibition Don McCullin: In England. It is not often that one gets a chance to spend time with one of your heroes and I approached the project with some trepidation. I needn’t have worried. The experience was one of the most rewarding and memorable of my life.
Don is one of the most gracious and generous men I have ever met. His compassion and honesty when talking about the unimaginable suffering he has witnessed is humbling and emotionally challenging. Our conversations will stay with me for the rest of my life. Very few men deserve the epithet ‘great’. Don is one of them.
Our on stage conversation in 2009 was a sell out. We discussed Don’s photographic work in England, as well as his war photography which is the subject of a new documentary, McCullin.
During his time with us, Don made a personal selection of photographs from our collection. You can see Don’s selection, along with his commentary on our Flickr page.
Don’s still life work can currently be seen in our Art of Arrangement: Photography and the Still Life Tradition exhibition. In this video clip from the exhibition, Don talks about the art of still life photography.
Art of Arrangement: Photography and the Still Life Tradition is on display until Sunday 10 February 2013.