DON MCCULLIN

 
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 , Sleeping With Ghosts : A Life's Work in Photography by Don McCullin (Photographer), Mark Haworth-Booth (Introduction), Donald McCullin , ISBN: 0893816590 , Page: 96
I only use a camera like I use a toothbrush. It does the job. - Don McCullin , The Destruction Business by Don McCullin , ISBN: 0333130227 , Page: 91
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I am sometimes accused by my peers of printing my pictures too dark. All I can say is that it goes with the mood of melancholy that is induced by witnessing at close quarters such intractable situations of conflict and joylessness. - Don McCullin , Sleeping With Ghosts : A Life's Work in Photography by Don McCullin (Photographer), Mark Haworth-Booth (Introduction), Donald McCullin , ISBN: 0893816590 , Page: 104
Although I take my work seriousily I cannot take myself seriously. When you think of it, everything has happened by accident. I have always believed that I don't own my photography, rather that it owns me. It gave me a life, an extraordinary life which could never be repeated. I feel as if the gift of seeing what is really going on in the world is mine only so long as I put it to proper use. There is nothing to be claimed and nothing to regret, except that we go on treating our fellow human beings so badly. - Don McCullin , Sleeping With Ghosts : A Life's Work in Photography by Don McCullin (Photographer), Mark Haworth-Booth (Introduction), Donald McCullin , ISBN: 0893816590 , Page: 198
I realized that you could shoot photographs until the cows came home but they have nothing to do with real humanity, real memories, real feelings. - Don McCullin
It's not important that I record every tragedy that goes on in the world. But I decided to try a couple of shots. And I did something despicable. I wound the car window down and took the photographs from inside. Then I hated myself for not having the decency and courage to at least get out and do something... - Don McCullin , Camera Culture by Halla Beloff , ISBN: 0631139893 , Page: 222
Our once great newspapers, which told us what went on in the world even when we couldn't affect it, have become instruments of a promotional culture, little more than catalogues advising us what to consume. This is not a great age in which to be a photojournalist. - Don McCullin , British Journal of Photography
10 September 1997
You can't go around kidding yourself that your photographs in a few papers will change the world. They can't and they haven't. I dispair about the human race. The press only shows the bums, the killers and the arms dealers and people like that. Good news never sold a newspaper. - Don McCullin
Seeing, looking at what others cannot bear to see is what my life is all about. - Don McCullin
I don’t believe you can see what’s beyond the edge unless you put your head over it; I’ve many times been right up to the precipice, not even a foot or an inch away. That’s the only place to be if you’re going to see and show what suffering really means... I've spent fourteen years getting on and off aeroplanes and photographing other people's conflicts. I will never get on another aeroplane and go photograph another country's war. - Don McCullin , 1000 Photo Icons by Anthony Bannon (Foreword), George Eastman House , ISBN: 3822820970 , Page: 677
Soldiers firing rifles in war make ordinary pictures because without the action, the smell and the noise, you have no truth... - Don McCullin , The Destruction Business by Don McCullin , ISBN: 0333130227 , Page: 68
You can only demand respect from the energies around us if you practice respect yourself. - Don McCullin
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
It is the photographer’s job to show some of [the horror of war], to say: this is what it’s like on the ground, this is what war does to you. - Don McCullin
Source: Amateur Photographer of 27 February 2010, p. 28