A major retrospective exhibition of images by legendary British photojournalist, Don McCullin, will be presented exclusively at the State Library of NSW from 27 September 2014, 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 over 150 iconic B&W photographs created by McCullin over five decades, starting with his earliest work from 1950s London. The exhibition closes on 26 October.

McCullin, who was born in Northern London and served as an aerial photographer for the RAF during his national service, from 1964 to 1984, is best known for his memorable images of the world’s most dangerous conflict areas and social disasters; the building of the Berlin wall, the war in Congo, the Vietnam War, civil war in Biafra, fighting in Northern Ireland, war in Lebanon. He currently lives with his family in Somerset and his recent photography focuses on landscapes.

Coinciding with the exhibition, the State Library and Reportage are co-presenting two special events:

– Keynote address by curator Robert Pledge, Saturday 27 September 2pm-3pm. Cost: $15

– War photography panel discussion with renowned photojournalists Stephen Dupont and Tim Page, Thursday 9 October, 6pm-7.30pm. Cost: $10.

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