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Unreasonable Behaviour
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'He has known all forms of fear, he's an expert in it. He has come back from God knows how many brinks, all different. His experience in a Ugandan prison alone would be enough to unhinge another man - like myself, as a matter of fact - for good. He has been forfeit more times than he can remember, he says. But he is not bragging. Talking this way about death and risk, he seems to be implying quite consciously that by testing his luck each time, he is testing his Maker's indulgence' John Le Carr-

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Don McCullin was born in London in 1935. He left school at fifteen and joined the RAF. In 1964 he was sent to Cyprus on his first war assignment for the Observer and the pictures he brought back won him the World Press Photo Prize and the Warsaw Gold Medal. Since then he has worked all over the world and on many battlegrounds, notably Vietnam, Biafra and the Lebanon. He has twice been Photographer of the Year, and has won two gold awards and one silver from the Designers and Art Directors Association.

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Legendary British photojournalist McCullin ( Hearts of Darkness ; Beirut: A City in Crisis ) has captured the essence of war on film in the Congo, Biafra, Vietnam, Cambodia and Afghanistan. His engrossing autobiography includes 94 examples of his powerful images. Typical of his compassionate yet unsparing work are photographs of a Biafran officer lecturing one of his dead soldiers and of an inmate in a Beirut insane asylum carrying a handicapped child to safety. Aided by freelance writer Chester, McCullin recreates his childhood in London's mean streets and tells us how he got his first assignment. The majority of the book, however, evokes the sad, grim and ghastly moments he brought into focus through his viewfinder and the heavy personal price he paid for those pictures: malaria, broken bones, shrapnel wounds, death threats and a traumatic stint in Idi Ami's most sinister prison. Neither sentimentality, self-pity nor self-congratulation soften the harrowing story of McCullin's quest for the perfect war picture. ( Feb. )

"He has known all forms of fear, he's an expert in it. He has come back from God knows how many brinks, all different. His experience in a Ugandan prison alone would be enough to unhinge another man - like myself, as a matter of fact - for good. He has been forfeit more times than he can remember, he says. But he is not bragging. Talking this way about death and risk, he seems to be implying quite consciously that by testing his luck each time, he is testing his Maker's indulgence." -- John le Carre "If this was just a book of McCullin's war photographs it would be valuable enough. But it is much more." Sunday Correspondent "From the opening...there is hardly a dull sentence: his prose is so lively and uninhibited... An excellent book." Sunday Telegraph "If anyone is the living embodiment of the power of a photo, it is Don McCullin." -- Christina Lamb Sunday Times "This is a great book not just for those with an interest in photography, but also for those with an interest in modern history." -- Oliver Atwell Amateur Photographer

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