FGLF Day 4 - LANDSCAPES AT SUNSET: SIR DON MCCULLIN

Jan 22 2019. view 58


Sir Don McCullin is the world’s greatest photojournalist and there is no doubt about it!  At this session, he spoke about his most recent publication, a collection of iconic landscape photographs in black and white and spoke about his career as a photojournalist. 

“I always like to photograph in the winder. I never work in the summer” he admitted, “I absolutely hate the lighting!”

Having witnessed some of the most harrowing humanitarian disasters covering conflicts in war-torn places such as the Vietnam and Biafra War, the Lebanese Civil War, the Russian invasion of Afghanistan and the fall of Phnom Penh to name a few, Sir Don shared his experience in the battlefield, his near-death experiences and the challenges he faces. Being wounded in Cambodia, to falling off a roof in Salvador, being imprisoned in Uganda and even contracting malaria in West Africa are a few of the challenges he has faced. 

The audience was absolutely enthralled listening to his stories and his opinions.

“Photographers aren’t writers but I think our pictures are some kind of writing in a way; they do speak 1000 words sometimes.” 

We also spoke to a few of the audience members to get their thoughts about the session;“An absolutely wonderful session” – Janine

“It was really interesting to hear someone talk about the compassion and the responsibility behind war photography. I thought it was a very thoughtful discussion” – Katherine

“I would have liked to hear more about his war photography but I thought the discussion on his landscape photography was great as well” – Sheila 

“It was very interesting! He is an absolutely famous name in the photography industry and he is such a great photographer” – Sabeena

“I thought he was very inspiring and informative” – John 

“He was absolutely marvelous and I’m very interested in black and white photography so it was such a great session. He is an amazing person” – Nancy 

“We really liked hearing about his war photography and the landscapes” – Gina 

“We are really just here to hero worship him! Everyone really admires him and his work. Through this session, I thought his reputation proceeds him and I just thought it was amazing” – Micheal 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Panchali Illankoon

Law undergrad and occasional Aunty. Foodie, travel enthusiast and full time dog mom.


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