Join one of the greatest British photographers of our time, Sir Don McCullin, in conversation with multi-award winning foreign correspondent Fergal Keane OBE as they discuss his new photography book The Landscape.

This promises to be an intriguing and revealing retrospective of Don McCullin’s sixty year career as a photojournalist, covering his extensive work in war zones across the world, his documenting of poverty throughout Britain, as well as his striking landscape photography.

Following on from his universally acclaimed retrospective at Tate Britain, come and hear from the man behind the photos. Don’t miss your chance to purchase a discounted signed copy of The Landscape (RRP £50). Select the ‘Ticket with Book’ option for this deal, available online only.  

Don McCullin will also be signing copies of The Landscape on the night.
 

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  • 'The veteran war photographer [Don McCullin] has turned his lens to more peaceful scenes... for his latest book, The Landscape. The images carry a dramatic feel and a preference for stormy skies that reveal an intimacy with conflict and destruction.' Guardian

    After a career spanning sixty years, Sir Don McCullin, once a witness to conflict across the globe, has become one of the great landscape photographers of our time. McCullin’s pastoral view is far from idyllic. Though the woods and stream close to his house in Somerset have offered some respite, he has not sought out the quiet corners of rural England. He is drawn, instead, to the drama of approaching storms. He has an acute sense of how the emptiness of his immediate landscape echoes a wider tone of disquiet.

    McCullin is based in the geographical centre of southern England. The presence of sacred mounds, hill forts, ancient roads and the nearby monuments of the prehistoric era have shaped his sense of nationhood. But down on the Somerset Levels, he has tramped through the flooded lowlands. The imagery of his home county, ravaged by storms, inevitably projects the associations of a battlefield, or, at least, the views of one intimate with scenes of war.

    He is not alone in his preference for darkened clouds over clear skies. McCullin’s West Country is not far removed from the East Anglia of Constable’s Dedham Vale two centuries earlier. His knowledge of his historical predecessors places him deep in a Romantic tradition. His experience as a traveller reinforces the sense of a man on the edge of civilisation under siege. Nowhere is this more apparent than in his repeated views of the glories of Palmyra and of the destruction of this ancient Syrian city.

    The Landscape is the last in a long series of books published by Jonathan Cape, which encompasses the entirety of McCullin’s working life.

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