The definitive retrospective of one of Britain's leading photographers, and arguably the greatest recorder of conflict in the latter 20th century. The book opens and ends in the Somerset landscape that surrounds McCullin's home, but the whole sequence of photographs encompasses a ravaged northern England, war in Cyprus, Biafra, Vietnam, Cambodia and Beirut, as well as riots in Derry and famine in Bangladesh. The climax of the book is among the cannibals and tribespeople deep in the jungles of Irian Jaya, where the photographer focuses on humanity in an almost Stone Age condition. The introduction by Harold Evans is drawn from his long experience of working with Mccullin. The novelist and essayist Susan Sontag has contributed an essay on McCullin and the role of witness to conflict.
Don McCullin grew up in north London. He worked for the Sunday Times for eighteen years and covered every major conflict in his adult lifetime until the Falklands war. The finest British photojournalist of his generation, he has received many honours and awards including the C.B.E. His home is in a Somerset village.