RAF Photographers Meet Don McCullin

Five photographers and three members of C4I (Command, Control, Computer, Communication and Intelligence) from Royal Air Force Marham, Norfolk were privileged to meet legendary photographer Don McCullin at the Imperial War Museum (IWM), London.

The visit organised by SAC Tracey Dobson was part of a Staff Ride in which the group attended the event ‘Photographing Afghanistan: Crucial Exposure’, which included an opportunity to see McCullin’s exhibition ‘Shaped by War’.

Broadcaster and journalist Edward Stourton chaired the event in which McCullin and other photographers (Donovan Wylie, and Kate Baskerville) discussed the challenges faced by professional photographers working in Afghanistan and other areas affected by conflict during the last 30 years.

McCullin served in the RAF as a photographer and then went on to become a world renowned photographer, covering every major conflict since the 1960’s from the Vietnam War to the Troubles in Northern Ireland, working for the Sunday Times as their most prized photographer. As well as travelling all over the world McCullin has also documented poverty in the north east of England and homelessness in London.

As John Jones of the Imperial War Museum noted “McCullin is one of the leading photographers of our generation. For more than 50 years, his uncompromising black and white photographs have shaped our awareness and understanding of modern conflict and its consequences.”

McCullin was very proud to talk to the RAF photographers of today and have his picture taken with the group, many of which have been greatly influenced by his work.

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