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Don McCullin exhibition at Tate Britain

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:
Not to mention people who stand in front of a piece having a matter about nothing in particular :mad:
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:
 

FridgeMagnet

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

ash

Inittogether
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.
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.
 

Winot

I wholeheartedley agree with your viewpoint
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.
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.
 

ash

Inittogether
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.
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!!
 

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.
 

Mr.Bishie

Pickled Egg
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.
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
 

hash tag

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

FridgeMagnet

Administrator
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
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.
 

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.
 

neonwilderness

What would Badgers do?
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.
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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