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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


We travelled to Hebden Bridge to speak with photographer Yan Wang Preston, while she was installing her exhibition 'Forest' at the Gibson Mill for the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival.

In this interview with Rapt Magazine Yan talks about her project, and tells us the story of Frank, the three hundred year old tree. 

If you would like to see more of Yan's work, please click here.


Produced by: Rapt Production

Video / Sound: Madhava B Kalmar / Yassin Yassin

Words: Madhava B Kalmar




Poet and artist Mustafa al Hamadani at home in East Mosul. ISIS supporters still threaten him.

Janne Körkkö, a Finnish documentary photographer, captures the soul of Mosul in Iraq post the official occupation of ISIS. His series shows a great deal of hope that can been seen in a city through its people. Janne sought this series through by making some risky decisions, sneaking into the city without a visa or permission, he risked being detained as well as being captured by sleeper cell militants of course.


“My photographs are observations. They are questions and answers, a pure documentary about the disfiguration of war. They are portraits born of long conversations - or just surface? They are remarks made by an observer - or maybe just generalisations. I'm not sure, because I'm an outsider, who is on the inside. My photographs are most of all the will to understand, to see and to seek answers.”


Assyrian's annual celebration in Mosul on the 31st of March 2018. The first time for more than four years since the Assyrians celebrated on this event. People lit hundreds of sky lanterns into the sky.


To the prominent figures of the local culture scene, the poets, the musicians, the representatives of minorities and the free-spirited intellects, the devastation of Mosul represented the dark ages: it was an eternity in damnation. Art, the food of the soul, was turned into something criminal and sinful. Practicing it became a death sentence. In small secret societies culture was created at the risk of one's life. The reality of Mosul was - and in part still is - like a gripping fictional film that's all true.


Now trading is back on the streets and lights come up in the amusement parks in the nightfall. Books are back in cafés; people can enjoy them again. Restaurants serve food to smiling and laughing customers. In the background of all this commonplace beauty lie the vast devastation of the cultural traditions and heritage, broken minds and constant fears that may never be put at ease. It feels as if the entire city is in a whirlpool of uncertainty that is just going through a tranquil phase.


Awtar Nergal's callers are practicing at the Book Forum. The band has also been on tour in Europe.




Photography: Janne Körkkö

More of Janne’s work can be seen on https://www.jannekorkko.com/