16th September 2005
HONOUR FOR CELEBRATED WAR PHOTOGRAPHER
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war photographer Don McCullin CBE was at Lincoln Cathedral this week to receive
an honorary Doctorate of Arts from the
Don McCullin is recognised as one of the greatest war photographers, and throughout the 1960s and 1970s he covered events of global importance, including the Vietnam War, for the Sunday Times Magazine.
His talent was recognised at the age of 13 when he won a scholarship to the Hammersmith School of Arts and Crafts for painting, but two years later his father died, forcing him to leave to find work.
It was during his National Service with the Royal Air Force that he became a photographic assistant and bought his first camera.
professional break came when he photographed a street gang in 1958 who had been
involved in a murder. This led to a commission from The Observer, and in 1964 he went to
subsequently worked for the Sunday Times for 18 years and photographed
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
He has twice been named Photographer of the Year and has won two gold awards and three silver awards from the Designers and Art Directors Association. In 1993 he was made a CBE and in 1997 he won the Erich Solomon Award.
photographs have been collected in 16 books and he now lives in
“It’s a privilege to receive this doctorate,” said Mr McCullin after the ceremony at Lincoln Cathedral on Wednesday (14th September)
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