Don McCullin exhibition at Tate Britain

Discussion in 'photography, graphics & art' started by neonwilderness, Feb 12, 2019.

  1. RoyReed

    RoyReed Must fly!

    Went to see this today (with a mate who has Tate membership, so got in for free). Nearly in tears at one point. Even his landscapes are harrowing!
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  2. blossie33

    blossie33 trailer trash

    Yes, I sent my sister some of his pictures - she said they're all very dark aren't they!
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  3. hash tag

    hash tag member

    Just out. A brilliant exhibition and very moving. A different world.
  4. hash tag

    hash tag member

    Forget the wars and famine...the North East for England, the East End, Northern Island...i nearly grew up through those eras and so far removed from my sarf London beginnings :rolleyes:
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  5. hash tag

    hash tag member

    Unreasonable Behaviour is a fantastic read. I expected to start this this morning and turn over for a nap, instead I ripped through the first 100 pages.
    His childhood, school years, evacuation during the war, jobs, national service, a great read so far for anyone who may be interested.

    Unreasonable Behaviour by Don McCullin | Waterstones
  6. neonwilderness

    neonwilderness What would Badgers do?

    I went to see this on Saturday and also read Unreasonable Behaviour beforehand. I'd seen a lot of the shots before in books, but it was good to see them up close and in the context of a series of shots. His landscape stuff was new to me, good but very dark!

    The Markéta Luskačová exhibition was an unexpected bonus too :cool:
    Yeah this was quite annoying given how busy it was. Plus people trying to go the opposite way round the rooms rather than just queueing with everyone else :mad:
  7. Mr.Bishie

    Mr.Bishie Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven

    Going to see it on the 4th :cool:
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  8. sim667

    sim667 Licking windows on the 303 bus.

    His landscapes are incredible.

    I've only just discovered this exhibition is on, I might try and make it up there before it finishes.
  9. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Blagged a freebie to this and it is excellent.

    The shots of homeless people around Liverpool Street from the early 80s were a real eye opener.

    Also includes the photo which Killing Joke used as the cover of their first LP.
  10. joustmaster

    joustmaster offcumdun

    This one really made me smile

    The best comment I heard whilst walking round the cambodia bit was from a posh old woman to her husband. "They were basically fighting uneducated savages with machine guns, they didn't even know how to hold a knife and fork"
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  11. Saunders

    Saunders Member

    Just come out from it. Extraordinary and very moving.
    I really do appreciate the recommendations of exhibitions on here. Thank you.
  12. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    Still need to go to this. Maybe some weird time of the day this weekend because otherwise it will be packed I guess.
  13. ash

    ash Inittogether

    We were there today too and it was good but bloody busy and that was at 1.30 Fri pm.
  14. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    It's the last weekend for that and the Diane Arbus at the Hayward, which I also haven't seen. I'm a member at both so I can just wander in without booking but just thinking about the crowds brings me out in hives. I'm thinking a hardcore 10am start tomorrow.
  15. ash

    ash Inittogether

    Sounds a good bet. We have a member card - I suppose it’s people like us who push up the numbers . There was an hours wait to by buy tickets for entry so it must have been at capacity.
  16. ash

    ash Inittogether

    Snap - that one was the only photo I took too, going to send it to FIL who was on all the Aldermaston marches.
  17. Winot

    Winot I wholeheartedley agree with your viewpoint

    I saw both on the same day. An interesting contrast as their careers start at about the same time. I wasn’t that impressed with the Arbus, although the later stuff is better.
  18. hash tag

    hash tag member

    My fil was certainly on some of the alfermaston/cnd marches also. For his sins, was locked up on whilst on one of them on his wedding night.
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  19. ash

    ash Inittogether

    Oh dear : )
    The stories we always hear are:
    - sleeping in the crypt of St Martins in the fields the night before they set off.
    - after the first one or couple of marches from London to Aldermaston they realised that no one was there so decided it would make more sense to march from Aldermaston back to London!!
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  20. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    Well that was a nice cheery start to the day :D I got there just after 10 and it was already hard to get round the first few rooms, people just shuffling slowly in a circle, so I dipped in and out, but it thinned out as I got further in.

    Echo everything everyone has said. I would challenge anyone to come out of that thinking that wars are anything but unmitigated nightmares. It seems a bit shallow to talk about how great a photographer he is on top of it all.
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  21. hash tag

    hash tag member

  22. gawkrodger

    gawkrodger Well-Known Member

    yes, excellent exhibition
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  23. Mr.Bishie

    Mr.Bishie Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven

    We may have bumped into each other! We were in just after 10 too! :D fantastic exhibition. What is it with people who get so close to photos & start having a fucking convo about it so no one else can get a look in? Wasn’t you was it? :D
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  24. hash tag

    hash tag member

    At least they were talking about the picture and not something else entirely unconnected, which I have known to happen a few times :mad:
  25. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    If you saw a tall bloke who needed a haircut dodging in and out whenever it looked like there was a space, that might have been me... I mean honestly you can't spend ten minutes perusing each photo in a gallery. Some of those people are probably still there.
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  26. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    I read his autobiography, got it as an e-book. It has a lot of really insane stories of what he was doing when he got the pictures you saw, but he's not very self-analytical, beyond recognising that he was a right little scrote when he was younger - if you hoped for insight into how and why people do these jobs and survive them, this is source material but it doesn't explain much directly. His relationship with his wife and family, for instance, is pretty much glossed over until you get to the point where he talks about getting a divorce.

    It was interesting to read it in the context of also having read "The Bang-Bang Club", which is similarly very descriptive but is about more than one person. It was written by a survivor but some of that group _didn't_ survive, they _were_ killed or killed themselves.
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  27. metalguru

    metalguru guilty bystander

    Tim Page's book 'Page by Page' is quite a good account of how someone drifted more by accident than design into that circle/lifestyle (photographing the Vietnam war).
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  28. neonwilderness

    neonwilderness What would Badgers do?

    Yeah, if you take away the stories of him getting the shots there’s not much left. I took it that he was slightly addicted to being in the thick of it and his marriage suffered as a result, but he doesn’t really go into much detail.

    IIRC the film McCullin does pretty much the same thing.

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