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Don McCullin the legendary British photographer will make you witness the terrors of the last 60 years in his retrospective show in Tate Britain.



Beirut, Berlin, Biafra, Cambodia, Congo Cyprus, Ethiopia, India, Ireland, Iraq, Syria, Vietnam just to name a few major conflicts that McCullin covered during his career as a photo-reporter. For a person who became a photographer accidentally that's a pretty big achievement not to mention that he is still alive and working unlike many other war reporters from his generation.


"Seeing, looking at what others cannot bear to see, is what my life as a war reporter is all about."


McCullin was there where humanity failed - war, terror, hate, racism, discrimination, starvation, etc - and he documented everything with respect and with his commitment to stay neutral and to tell the truth. McCullin has always avoided the term 'art' when discussing his work. Yet through careful, intuitive composition and framing he creates images that have a formal clarity and even an uncomfortable kind of beauty. The ethical dilemma involved in producing beauty from tragedy has been a concern in the field of photography, but McCullin hopes that his images helps to bring the subject closer to the audience.


"Photography for me is not looking, it's feeling. If you can't feel what you are looking at, then you are never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures."


Sir Don McCullin was born in 1935 and grew up in a deprived area in North London as it was bombed by Hitler's Nazis during World War II. Following the death of his father, he left school at the age of 15 without qualifications and started working on a catering job. In 1958 he took a photograph of a local London Gang in a bombed out building who were accused of killing a policeman. This photograph was published in the Observer and ignited his career as a photographer. The exhibition covers his life starting from the streets of London till the war zones. It is a deeply affecting show and emotionally draining but now it's our time to refuse to look away.


" I don't believe you can see what's beyond the edge unless you put your head over it."

Constantly covering the darkest pits on Earth isn't something you can do for a lifetime. No wonder that from the late 80's McCullin turned to a less brutal form of photography. In the last room of the exhibition we can also view his latest works from this period when he engaged with the traditions of still life and landscape photography in order to escape his memories of war.


With over 250 photographs, all printed by McCullin himself this exhibition will be a unique opportunity to appreciate the scope and achievements of Don McCullin's entire career.



The exhibition is open at Tate Britain, London, from 5 February to 6 May 2019.

Further info on Tate's website: https://www.tate.org.uk/


Written by: Marton Schneider


Exhibition at The Photographer's Gallery presents the work of 11 contemporary artists and groups who questions how technology changed our relationship to images through the digital landscape.

By taking Donald Trump's quote 'All I Know is What's On The Internet' as the title of the show the curator Katrina Sluis, Sam Mercer and Karen McQuaid points out the ever increasing digital knowledge that humanity shares on the Internet. This knowledge which once was curated by humans can no more rely on simply human labour. Boundaries between truth and fiction, machine and human are increasingly called into question, and while the Internet has become a source of knowledge, it also increasingly knows about its users.


Photo by the author at the Photographer's Gallery

The exhibition focuses on the human labour that's behind the content management. The content which is increases by 2.5 quintillion bytes of data each day on average. In 2000 there was only over 400 millions internet users accounting 6.8% of the World population which increased to 3.4 billion and around 46% by 2016. With the spread of the Internet and the so called 'democratisation of information' governments and tech companies had created massive technical infrastructures that sustain the web's 24/7 content feed. Behind this infrastructure there are content moderators, 'cleaners', programmers, scanners, street view photographers and everyday users who work to help automate the flow of online content.



As the curators explain traditionally photography played a central role in documenting the world, helping us to understand ourselves and each other. The age of social media however challenged us to process millions of images at the same speed. Today, visual knowledge and authenticity are increasingly linked to the 'like' and 'share' economy, subject to the actions of bots, crowd-sourced workers and AI machines.


Scene from the film 'World Brain' (2015) by Gwenola Wagon and Stéphane Degoutin

'All I Know Is What's On the Internet' is a powerful and provoking exhibition that makes the viewer think about Internet and the power of information and images in our age. All we can say is that it's wort visiting The Photographer's Gallery before this show ends on the 24th of February 2019.



Participating Artists: Mari Bastashevski, Constant Dullaart, IOCOSE, Stephanie Kneissl & Max Lackner, Eva & Franco Mattes, Silvio Lorusso & Sebastian Schmieg, Winnie Soon, Emilio Vavarella, Stéphane Degoutin & Gwenola Wagon, Andrew Norman Wilson, Miao Ying


Text by: Marton Schneider