Island Life: Photographs from the Martin Parr Foundation

Don McCullin

Born 1935, London

McCullin is probably the world’s best known war photojournalist. His childhood was spent in wartime poverty, then he was called up for National Service with the RAF. When he returned to London, he began photographing friends who were in a gang called The Guv’nors. These led to his first commission with The Observer and from there his career took off. He documented the building of the Berlin Wall, and numerous conflict and disaster situations, including the Vietnam War, the Biafran War and horrific famine, Cambodia, the Congo, Lebanon, Iraq and Afghanistan. In 1993 he was awarded a CBE. Between assignments he has long recorded poverty in the UK and atmospheric landscapes.