A Remarkable Meditation on Masculinity at the Barbican

  Masculinities: Liberation through Photography at the Barbican is an exploration of male identity from the 1960s to the present day!  The subject is vast and quite complex, and being the Barbican, it’s a big show, taking up two levels of floor space and showcasing three hundred artworks from celebrity  photographers such as Richard Avedon and…

Parr Displaying His Humanity at National Portrait Gallery

Porthcurno, Cornwall, England, 2017. Martin Parr/Magnum Photos/Rocket Gallery In the same week I watched Don McCullin, photographer extraordinaire, take pictures of fox hunts and Eastbourne in the rain, in the BBC’s Looking for Britain, I find myself at Martin Parr’s Only Human show at the National Portrait Gallery. In it, Parr also explores identity and what…

Diane Arbus: In the Beginning

      Diane Arbus in Washington Square Park, New York City, 1967. Photograph: John Gossage   Diane Arbus remains a giant in the photography world. Her suicide at the age of 48 has contributed to her legendary status. Hailed as a tormented genius, much has been written about her psychological fragility and her obsession…

Don McCullin

Don McCullin, who has a fair claim to the title of the UK’s greatest living photographer, was born in 1935 in Finsbury Park – a bloody tough area of London before the war, and even more so after, when much of it had been bombed flat. The first photograph McCullin was paid for, in 1958,…