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The Complexity of Human Experience - Don McCullin at Hauser Wirth

  • Don McCullin - The Great Elephant Festival at the River Gandak, near Patna, India
  • Cranmore, Somerset
  • A boy from the Surma Tribe, Southern Ethiopia
  • Aphrodite, found in the Hadrianic Baths of Leptis. Magna, Tripoli Castle Museum, Tripoli, Libya
June 22, 2018
A philosophy graduate interested in theory, politics and art. Alias of Jelena Martinović.

Arguably Britain’s greatest living photographer, Don McCullin has traveled the world to create compelling images of the human experience. Whether documenting the poverty of London’s East End, or the horrors of wars in Africa, Asia or the Middle East or beautifully arranged still lifes, soulful portraits and moving landscapes, McCullin brings us his unique poetic vision.

The photographer’s first Los Angeles exhibition will soon be on view at Hauser & Wirth Gallery. A prelude to McCullin’s 2019 retrospective at Tate Britain, the museum’s first-ever survey for a living photographer, the show will bring together a selection of 30 works touching upon a range of themes.

Fishermen, Scarborough Beach, 1965
Don McCullin – Fishermen, Scarborough Beach, 1965. Printed in 2016. Platinum Print, 55.5 x 77 cm. © Don McCullin Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Dominic Brown Photography

The Practice of Don McCullin

Don McCullin is one of the world’s finest photographers of war and disaster. Dedicating his life to the front line in a steadfast effort to deliver visual testament, he has captured some of the most famous images associated with conflict in the 20th and 21st centuries, from the Vietnam war to current conflicts in the Middle East.

He has also explored different kinds of photography, notably landscape photography.

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

Don McCullin has received many honors and awards including the CBE and a knighthood in the 2017 New Year honors list.

Homeless man, east London, Shell shocked US Marine
Left: Don McCullin – Homeless man, east London, 1971. Printed in 2016. Platinum Print, 76 x 55.5 cm. © Don McCullin Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Dominic Brown Photography / Right: Don McCullin – Shell-shocked US Marine, 1968. Printed in 2018. Gelatin Silver Print, 53.2 x 35.8 cm © Don McCullin Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Dominic Brown Photography

Revealing the Complexity of Human Experience

Don McCullin has captured a range of important events that have marked our time with his camera, which is highlighted with a selection of works that will be on view at Hauser & Wirth.

The images in the show speak of the erection of the Berlin Wall, the conflict in Northern Ireland, and of the Vietnam War, shown here on the 50th anniversary of the bloodiest year of that infamous conflict.

Shown in the form of rare platinum prints, the images of McCullin reveal the complexity of human experience, whether depicting the life and culture in Africa and India or hauntingly beautiful English landscapes and still life.

Bali, Taking Gifts to the Sea Gods
Don McCullin – Bali, Taking Gifts to the Sea Gods, 1982. Printed in 2016. Platinum Print, 56 x 77 cm © Don McCullin Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Dominic Brown Photography

Don McCulin at Hauser and Wirth

Commenting on his work, McCullin would often state:

When human beings are suffering, they tend to look up, as if hoping for salvation. And, that’s when I press on that button.

The exhibition Don McCullin will be on view at Hauser & Wirth in Los Angeles from June 23rd until September 23rd, 2018. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, June 23rd, from 6 to 9 p.m.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a Book & Printed Matter Lab installation made up of archival materials from the six decades of the photographer’s rich and compelling career, including video footage, ephemera, and the camera, still lodged with a bullet hole, that literally saved his life.

Featured images: Don McCullin – The Great Elephant Festival at the River Gandak, near Patna, India, 1987. Printed in 2015; Cranmore, Somerset, 1990s. Printed in 2016; A boy from the Surma Tribe, Southern Ethiopia, 2003. Printed in 2015; Aphrodite, found in the Hadrianic Baths of Leptis. Magna, Tripoli Castle Museum, Tripoli, Libya, 2009. Printed 2016. All images © Don McCullin. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth / Photos by Dominic Brown Photography.