Talk:Don McCullin

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
WikiProject Biography (Rated Start-class)
WikiProject icon This article is within the scope of WikiProject Biography, a collaborative effort to create, develop and organize Wikipedia's articles about people. All interested editors are invited to join the project and contribute to the discussion. For instructions on how to use this banner, please refer to the documentation.
Start-Class article Start  This article has been rated as Start-Class on the project's quality scale.
WikiProject History of photography (Rated Start-class)
WikiProject icon This article is within the scope of WikiProject History of photography, a collaborative effort to improve the coverage of History of photography on Wikipedia. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the discussion and see a list of open tasks.
Start-Class article Start  This article has been rated as Start-Class on the project's quality scale.

Inability to cover the Falklands[edit]

I've removed the sentence saying "it later emerged he was a victim of bureaucracy: he had been turned away simply because the Royal Navy had used up its quota of press passes.[1]".

This is presenting the Royal Navy claim as fact - Don McCullin and others (e.g his former editor) certainly still believe he was turned away for political reasons. It's certainly overstating the case to say definitively that he was "a victim of bureaucracy". In any case, I had a look at the citation and the link is broken, so I've taken it out until someone can find a better citation.

Good call. I've simplified the paragraph and said the claim was made by the Royal Navy, and added a working ref for it. -Lopifalko (talk)

McCullin in the RAF[edit]

I have just made a change to the article relating to his failure of written theory in the RAF - it is a referance to this article - though the particular part of the article is not on the website, I do however have a physical copy of it. Is there any way to referance this?

Sorry not to sure of how to go about this yet.

Here is the quote from the newspaper: "When I was in the RAF I was sent to a photographic unit, doing aerial intelligence, but I failed my trade test to become a photographer because I couldn't read the written theory. So I left the RAF as a failed photographer."—Preceding unsigned comment added by TheNobGoblin (talkcontribs)

I agree that those are his words: "a failed photographer", and that the source you have—a recent interview in The Guardian—is a verifiable one. But as written, it looks as if the article disparaging of McCullin. So I've rewritten it slightly, and incorporated the reference you've provided, thanks for finding it. — BillC talk 16:40, 30 March 2007 (UTC)
This article from the same publisher (in reality if not name, the same newspaper) directly states that McCullin is severely dyslexic. To say this (in context) is surely not defamatory and the bit about the RAF would not have been cut in order to save space. I think it's likely that it was cut because something about it (other than the problem reading) was wrong. We can cite material that has appeared in newspapers that are moderately good or better, but we should be very wary of citing such material if we know it was later retracted. -- Hoary 06:49, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
Yes, I agree. It seems clear that he did not become a photographer in the RAF, due to not having succeeded at the written paper. If you want to find a way of wording this that'll work well, please go ahead. Regards, — BillC talk 06:59, 31 March 2007 (UTC)

WikiProject class rating[edit]

This article was automatically assessed because at least one article was rated and this bot brought all the other ratings up to at least that level. BetacommandBot 11:16, 27 August 2007 (UTC)

Bullet-stopping camera[edit]

The statement that his camera "stopped a bullet intended for him", as well as needing citation, seems rather strong as it implies deliberate targeting. Was the bullet really "intended for him" or did he just happen to be on its trajectory? Where was he when this happened? Dricherby 17:05, 12 November 2007 (UTC)

According to "Unreasonable Behaviour", McCullin fled a rice paddy in Cambodia under fire. "When we got back, I crashed out in an exhausted state at the feet of the Vietnamese commander, who smiled at me when I looked up. He had told me so. I started to check over the condition of my cameras and found that one of my Nikons hat the perfect imprint of an AK-47 round." (Vintage Edition, 1992, p. 144). There's obviously no way to tell whether the bullet was fired at him or was just random fire. I guess it would be fairly safe to assume that it was not specifically intended for "Don McCullin" in any case. RalfHuels (talk) 19:13, 29 September 2008 (UTC)

New external link[edit]

I have added a link to a video in which the artist talks about some of his work outside of war correspondence. I think it is an interesting look into a part of his photography practice that is less well-known. And it is interesting that McCullin does not see himself as a war photograper. T.Broch (talk) 14:48, 26 August 2011 (UTC)

  1. ^ Shaped by war: Don McCullin in Profile British Journal of Photography 3 Mar 2010