Heart of Darkness Don McCullin Introduction by John Le Carre


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Secker & Warburg, 1980. First Edition. 156 Pages. 120 b&w photographs with captions. Minor marks on Dust Jacket. 

'For most writers, and certainly for most photographers, the reality of suffering is incommunicable. There are several reasons for this, mostly to do with our own sloth and cowardice as an audience. We sit in our armchairs, like television viewers staring at sequences in battle, we have a whole armoury of mental mechanisms designed to spare us anything more than momentary, glancing involvement. Nor is the war photographer, nor the writer dabbling in 'reality' so very different. He or she too has mechanisms, arms-length procedures for gazing upon the agony of others.

Don McCullin can do nothing lazily, nothing that does not touch upon the enigma of existence. In a grey, confused, elusive, ever-compromising world, he has the gall to think of life and death and the purpose of existence. The images range in subject from the tranquillity of rural England to the horrors of war in Vietnam, Cyprus, the Congo, Biafra, to the devastation of famine and pestilence in Bangladesh and Cambodia.'

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