Don McCullin exhibition for Contact Press Images
Dot Editions just finished printing a selection of Don McCullin’s lifetime of work as a photojournalist and war photographer, for Contact Press Images. The exhibition supports a new book of Mr. McCullin’s photography that is being published by Reporters Without Borders, an organization that defends journalists who are being persecuted for doing their work in the world’s most turbulent regions, as well as protecting freedom of the press internationally and improving safety for reporters. The book launches on May 3, 2009, on the 19th World Press Freedom Day, at FNAC, France’s chain store with socialist origins, where the exhibition will be featured.
The exhibition is comprised of 36 photographs from McCullin’s career as an award-winning photojournalist, covering the Vietnam war, violence in Northern Ireland, and the war in Cyprus, as well as disasters such as AIDS in Africa and famine in war zones. There are several quiet photographs intermingled with the images of violence, including portraits of the Beatles, peasants and homeless people, and a glimpse of elephants shrouded in fog, bathing in the Gandak River.
McCullin has always printed his own photographs in his darkroom, so Dot Editions is happy to have been asked to make archival pigment prints of his photographs for this exhibition by Contact Press Images. We worked closely with Robert Pledge from Contact Press Images to capture McCullin’s dark and expressive printing style.