Sir Don McCullin on Photographing History

Sat 19 Sep

Saturday, 19 September 2020

7.30pm - 8.30pm

In Conversation | Online Only

Sir Don McCullin on Photographing History

Join renowned photographer Sir Don McCullin in conversation with historian Barnaby Rogerson as they discuss how photography can reposition our relationship with history and the world around us.

This event has finished, but you can watch it again online at any time until Sunday, 11 October 2020.

Price: FREE
Sir Don McCullin


Sir Don McCullin, one of Britain’s foremost photographers, has shifted his focus from war to photographing historical sites and landscapes in recent years. Traveling with historian Barnaby Rogerson, he has photographed archaeological sites across the Middle East from Palmyra in Syria to Leptis Magna in Libya.

This interview, filmed on location at Sir Don’s home in Somerset, looks at why he has moved from a photographer of conflict to a photographer of history and landscape. Discover what drives him to photograph these ancient sites, and how these new works relate to his earlier projects covering conflicts around the globe.

Sir Don McCullin is one of Britain’s most famous photographers. In a career spanning 60 years, he has covered all the world’s major conflicts, from Vietnam to Iraq, bringing to our front pages images of forgotten people around the world. He has won numerous awards, including the World Press Photo Award in 1964 and the Royal Photographic Society's Centenary Medal in 2007. He was knighted in 2017 . In 2019, Sir Don held a hugely successful retrospective at Tate Britain, which is due to open at Tate Liverpool on 16 September.

Barnaby Rogerson is a historian, travel author and publisher. He has written widely on the history of the Middle East, including a book on the Prophet Muhammed. He runs the publishing house Eland Press, and regularly features on television and in the media.

A copy of Don McCullin’s book Unreasonable Behaviour: An Autobiography can be purchased as part of a book and ticket offer for this event. Alternatively, copies will be available for purchase via a link on the virtual event page on the day of the event.

Date & time

Saturday, 19 September 2020
7.30pm - 8.30pm


Online Only


Online: FREE

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