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Irreconcilable Truths

Don McCullin’s Irreconcilable Truths book….

The legendary photojournalist Don McCullin has released what one may well consider to be his swansong publication, a huge collection of his work split into three volumes within one case.

Irreconcilable Truths is a limited run of one thousand signed copies featuring his renowned photographs from conflicts across the globe including Vietnam, Northern Island, Biafra, Beirut, Cold War Berlin and more recently on the Kurdish militia front line in their battles with ISIS. These are covered in book one: War and Reportage and runs to some six hundred pages and contains his most memorable and hard-hitting images.

Book Two; Landscapes, Still Life and Travel is a four hundred page collection of photographs from his travels across India, Africa, Indonesia and his recently celebrated views of the English countryside. McCullin moved to landscape photography when his reportage days were coming to an end and it is easy to understand the therapeutic nature of this form which must have appealed to him and the horrors of war he was trying to forget.

The third volume is the three hundred and eighty page Unreasonable Behaviour, a revised and fuller version of his acclaimed autobiography which I would recommend to anyone. McCullin has lived a remarkable life, far from glamorous but full of incident. Now in his early eighties, he has become something of a photographic national treasure, a yardstick for aspiring photojournalists and adventurers.

The set is only available via his official website, be prepared for a hefty price tag of £695. There has been a number of his photographs published in various formats in recent years following a resurgence in his popularity and the bulk of these books will feature images from editions which are far cheaper. This though does promise to contain many from Don’s personal archive as well as new perspectives from the great man. It is sure to be a beautiful body of work if you can justify the cost.

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