Don McCullin is a household name in the photographic community, but as far as he is concerned, it’s for all the wrong reasons. In this incredibly poignant and thought-provoking interview, he shares his thoughts about an illustrious career that was spent photographing atrocities, and left him somewhat haunted.
We really can’t over-emphasize how much of a must-see interview this is (a problem not unique to our coverage of it…). In three and a half minutes he shares such a wealth of inspiration and experience that you’ll find yourself watching the whole thing over and over again — at least we did.
McCullin is famous for his piercing images of conflict, for a life spent ‘chasing haunting images‘ that have left him with memories he would rather not have. But they’ve also left him with invaluable insight into what is truly important in life.
He considers himself very fortunate — and not just because he was, at one point, saved from a sniper’s bullet by his Nikon F SLR. He now photographs the English landscape and hopes that this will be the legacy he leaves behind.
“When my time’s up on this Earth I want to leave a legacy behind of beautiful landscape pictures of Somerset,” says McCullin in closing. “I don’t want to be remembered as a war photographer… I hate that title.”
The interview was created by photographer David Sims for the Dunhill ‘Voices’ campaign, which focuses on persons who exemplify “elegance and achievement.” To see more of the interviews in the series, head over to the Dunhill website by clicking here.