A major retrospective exhibition of photographs by legendary British photojournalist, Don McCullin, opens at the State Library of NSW this weekend in association with Reportage 2014.


West Berliner looking over a portion of the Berlin Wall at the time of it’s construction. East German soldier looks back, West Berlin, Germany, August 1961.

Don McCullin: The Impossible Peace, From War Photographs to Landscapes, 1958″“2011, produced by Contact Press Images, showcases more than150 iconic B&W photographs produced during an extraordinary career, which encompasses five decades.  

Starting with his earliest work from 1950s London, the exhibition includes photographs taken in the world’s most dangerous conflict areas and social disasters. There are pictures of the building of the Berlin wall, the war in Congo, the Vietnam War, civil war in Biafra, fighting in Northern Ireland and war in Lebanon. Also included are recent examples of his landscape photographs.


Early shift, West Hartlepool steel works, County Durham, Great Britain, 1963.


Don McCullin. © Jiang Rong

Associated with the exhibition are two special events. Curator Robert Pledge will open the exhibition with a Keynote address on Saturday 27 September 2pm-3pm. Cost: $15.

A panel discussion on war photography with renowned photojournalists Stephen Dupont and Tim Page will take place on Thursday 9 October, 6pm-7.30pm. Cost: $10.

Bookings are required: bookings@sl.nsw.gov.au.