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In England

by Don McCullin

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Don McCullin’s view of England is rooted in two worlds—his wartime childhood, and his youth in 1950s Finsbury Park. His first published photograph was a picture of a gang from his neighborhood, which appeared in a newspaper after a local murder. McCullin always balanced his anger at the unacceptable face of the nation with tenderness or compassion, and in this collection, he envisions his home country with its perpetual social gulf between the affluent and the desperate in mind. He continues in the same black and white tradition as he did between foreign assignments for the Sunday Times in the 1960s and 1970s, when his view of a deprived Britain seemed as dark as the conflict zones from which he had just escaped. This book marks his return to the cities and landscape he knew as a young photographer, adding wry humor to his famed lyricism. At a time when we might believe the world has changed beyond our imagination, McCullin shows us a view of England where the line between the wealthy and the impoverished is as defined as ever, the nation as a whole as absurd as it is tragic.

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"Don McCullin's view of England is rooted in his war time childhood and in growing up in Finsbury Park, north London, in the fifties. His first published photograph was a picture of a gang from his neighbourhood, which appeared in a newspaper after a local murder. The boys were his childhood friends. McCullin has always balanced his anger at the unacceptable face of the nation with tenderness or compassion. In England combines some of his greatest work with many previously unpublished photographs and an entirely new body of pictures." "McCullin sees in his native country a perpetual social gulf dividing the affluent and the destitute. He continues in the same black-and-white tradition as he demonstrated between foreign assignments for the Sunday Times in the sixties and seventies, when his view of a deprived Britain seemed as dark as the conflict zones from which he'd just escaped. At a time when we might believe the world has changed beyond our imagination, McCullin shows us a view of England where the line between the wealthy and the poor is as defined as ever. This time he adds wry humour to his lyricism, as if the nation is as absurd as it is tragic. At the heart of it all is McCullin's deep love of the English landscape. He transforms his views of the hills and fields of Somerset beneath dark, raging skies into the battlefields of his imagination. It is here he feels completely at home."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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