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Photograph - Shell-shocked soldier awaiting transportation away from the frontline,  Hue
  • Shell-shocked soldier awaiting transportation away from the frontline, Hue
    McCullin, Don, born 1935
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Shell-shocked soldier awaiting transportation away from the frontline, Hue

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Vietnam (photographed)

  • Date:

    1968 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    McCullin, Don, born 1935 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gelatin-silver print

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Photographer. Photograph copyright of Don McCullin

  • Museum number:

    PH.1280-1980

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 973, box J

Physical description

Black and white photograph of a shell-shocked soldier in Vietman. He is gripping the top of a gun and staring out towards the photographer.

Place of Origin

Vietnam (photographed)

Date

1968 (photographed)

Artist/maker

McCullin, Don, born 1935 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin-silver print

Dimensions

Height: 20.5 cm, Width: 17.7 cm

Object history note

Don McCullin is recognised as one of the greatest war photographers, and throughout the 1960's and 1970's he covered events of global importance for the Sunday Times Magazine including the Vietnam war. His first published story in 1958 concerned his own street gang in North London, and his subsequent images in Britain have looked at the unemployed and the destitute. Abroad, McCullin has covered ecological disasters and the war-torn regions of the world, documenting events normally hidden from view. His work proved so painful and memorable that in 1982 he was forbidden to cover the Falklands war by the British government of the time.

Descriptive line

Photograph of a shell shocked soldier in Vietnam by Don McCullin, 1968.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Christoph Grunberg, ed. Summer of Love: Art of the Psychedelic Era London: Tate, 2005. 239 p. : ill. (some col.) ISBN: 1854375954.
Nothing in the World but Youth Margate: Turner Contemporary, 2011. ISBN: 9780955236334.

Labels and date

A well known war photographer, McCullin covered events of global importance for the Sunday Times Magazine throughout the 1960s and 1970s, including the Vietnam War. In 1968 he joined a battalion of American marines as they crossed the Perfumed River to the city of Hue which had been captured by North Vietnamese soldiers. The Americans suffered heavy casualties and the city was destroyed. This image epitomises McCullin's ability to show the human consequences of war [April 2009-April 2010]

Subjects depicted

Gun; Soldier

Categories

Photographs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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