I have been fascinated by history for many years, and have been looking at war photos in particular since I was about 10 years old. When I read today that Don McCullin will receive a knighthood for his life’s work, I went to look at some of his images. It was only then that I realized that it was many of McCullin’s images that had fascinated me at a young age and continue to do so today. You may not know who McCullin is, but you will likely recognize many of his photographs.

While looking at his work, I came across this article in The Guardian from 2015. His views on photography as witness vs. photography as art are bound to ruffle a few feathers. But it’s a good read.

All photos by Don McCullin