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A amazingly thought provoking documentary of Don McCullin

I will be honest in that i did not know who Don McCullin was until a month ago, when i watched this documentary. But i can say that this is one of the most influential movies i have ever seen.

don mccullin portrait photo

Don McCullin is an English photojournalist who is renowned for shining a light on the dark side of humanity, telling the story of those impoverished, war stricken people all around the world. Growing up on the mean streets of Finsbury in London and doing a stint in the RAF eventually led him to take the photo of a notorious gang that ran in the Observer in 1959. It was this photo that started his journey of storytelling, across all continents and of all cultures from Biafra and Northern Island to Vietnam and parts of Africa through the AIDS Epidemic. Often finding himself amongst brave, shocking and horrific tales of human suffering he earned himself a reputation as a fearless truth teller. Starting out as a self-confessed ‘war junkie’ he develops an incredibly deep and sensitive consciousness that i believe is reflected in the tone and timing of his photographs.

As the Falklands reared its ugly head he was not allowed to go, which was at the time believed to be because the government of Margaret Thatcher did not want his hard hitting photos to hit the pages of the papers, reducing sentiment for the actions of war. Wikipedia states that this was not the case, but was infact a simple lack of Royal Navy ‘press passes’.

He is one of those people that you cannot stop listening too, and this film is no different. Intelligent and reflective of his actions he makes no attempt to glamorise his work,  and is openly abhorred by the lows our species can stoop to. This film was directed by David Morris and Jacqui Morris and nominated for 2 BAFTA awards.

Inspirational, uplifting, terrifying, sobering and questioning; this story must be heard.

Here are some of the photos that he has taken, showing the cold face of many human crisis and often being responsible for questions to be asked by the populations to those in power.

don mccullin soldier photo black and white

Lebanese fighters playing guitar don mccullin photo

starving mother feeding baby don mccullin photo black and white

Londonderry catholics jumping a wall domn mccullin

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I focus on building an internal culture focussed on listening to and working alongside customers to build value for all stakeholders. Real lasting change that understands the real needs of the customer is the only way to ensure a dynamic constant state of learning and innovation. I am a highly experienced sales, marketing and business professional with wide ranging experience in varied industries. Having worked in both B2B and B2C I understand sales and business is really about P2P (people to people) and therefore always focus on relationships and engagement. "Business is socialising with a purpose" (Gaping Void) Passion, people, vision, strategy, customers, advocates, believers, innovation, customer engagement, social, knowledge management and appropriate use of technology are vital in the attainment of business goals. I am a co-founder of Movebubble, a new technology startup in #Proptech. This blog is really here to allow me to develop my voice and ideas, and gain feedback from a wider audience than just the lecture or breakout room. Hopefully i can introduce some interesting points, and experiment with digital, marketing, engagement, social media and SEO techniques and tips i am learning on the way. I hope you enjoy my posts, please let me know what you think with some feedback.

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