“It’s an honour
for my family...” Sir Don McCullin, CBE.
© David Corfield
World-renowned photographer Don McCullin was knighted in the Queen’s New Year Honours list this month. CPN spoke exclusively to Sir Don and discovered more about what this award means to him...
Sir Don, one of the most influential photojournalists in the history of photography, has a career that spans over half a century. His knighthood, which recognises his services to photography, is particularly special for him. “It’s one of those things that you can’t really come to terms with right away,” he remarks. “There I am at 80 years of age and then suddenly this thing is bestowed upon me. I don’t think for a second that it’s going to make the slightest difference to the last few years of my life but it’s a warm and comfortable feeling knowing that my life’s work has been appreciated. I’m very happy about it, of course.”
He continues: “This award honours my father’s name. It’s an honour for my family. Without bragging, I’ve got so many awards but this really is the mother of all of them. At the end of the day I’ve always kept a balance with receiving honours because my work has been concerned about other people’s suffering and lives that have been lost, so I have to be careful about how I talk about this award. It’s a very fine line for me. So the last word on this, is that yes of course I’m thrilled because it means that my life’s work has been recognised.”
This year will be another busy one for Sir Don, who continues to shoot with the EOS 5D series DSLRs that converted him to digital and whose journey with them was captured in a special CPN film ‘Seeking the Light.’ His travel plans for this year? “I shall go to India again, which is one of my favourite haunts, and there are a few other things lined up, but for the next couple of months I’m sticking around England because this is my landscape season. It’s always a good idea to have something in mind at my age because if you don’t you just sit and look out of the window...”
The whole Canon Professional Network team extends its warmest wishes to Sir Don McCullin.