Ralph Gibson & Don McCullin - 1977


Ralph Gibson (left) (born January 16, 1939) Is an American Artistic photographer. Gibson joined the US Navy in 1956 as a Photographers Mate until 1960 before join gin the  San Francisco Art Institute between 1960 - 1962. His professional career began when he became an assistant to Dorothea Lange. In 1969 Gibson moved to New York, founding Lustrum Press to gain more control over his printed works. Since Gibson has produced over 40 monographs. His photographic works are held in over 150 museum collections worldwide. Gibson has worked exclusively with Leica for almost 50 years.

Don McCullin (right) (b.9 Oct1935) is a British photojournalist with numerous awards and accolades to his name. McCullin is particularly recognised for his war photography and images of urban strife. McCullin grew up in Finsbury Park, North London. He was called for national service for the RAF in 1953 during which time he became a photographers assistant. He failed the written theory test to become an RAF photographer so he spent his service in the darkroom developing photographic prints instead. In 1958 McCullin took a picture of 'The Guvnors' a local gang posing in a bombed building. This was then published in the Observer which started his photographic career.

This portrait was taken in the South of France in 1977 McCulllin is pictured here at 41 years old. At this time McCullin was an overseas correspondent for the Sunday Times Magazine and had covered the Vietnam War, the troubles in Ireland and numerous conflicts around the world. Don McCullin now resides in Somerset where he photographs and prints still life and landscape images.

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