Journalism • History • Ethics • Anthropology • War Studies • Media + Communications
2014. Directors Jacqui & David Morris.
90 Minutes - DVD includes 56 Minute Short Version. Transcript Available.
 

This deeply moving portrait of internationally renowned war photographer Don McCullin chronicles one man’s encounters around the globe, explores the ethics of photojournalism and the psychology of war, and ultimately evolves into a broader meditation on the human condition. Don McCullin spent the majority of his career, which spanned the second half of the 20th century, covering wars and humanitarian disasters on virtually every continent: from the civil war in Cyprus, to the war in Vietnam, from the man-made famine in Biafra, to the plight of the homeless in the London of the swinging sixties. Intertwined with stunning archival footage and never-before-seen photos is the personal journey of this troubled and reflective artist, and the far-reaching questions he raises about the role of the spectator behind the camera. In 1981, the Murdoch Empire took over The Sunday Times, replacing the images of war horrors with those of leisure and pleasure, and cast aside Don McCullin’s realist photography for a more digestible journalism. As more and more news sources turn to infotainment, McCullin urges viewers to ponder the role of the media and most importantly, all of our personal and collective roles in addressing human suffering, especially as wars continue to rage on around us. 

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McCullin

The perils and ethics of photographing war and human suffering

Booklist Starred Review

"This fascinating program blends a talented photographer’s amazing photos with firsthand accounts, recalling the turbulent twentieth century in vivid, often harrowing detail."

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