Don McCullin CBE, considered one of world’s greatest war
photographers, has received an honorary doctorate of arts from the
University of Lincoln.
McCullin, who has photographed some of the
most important events and figures of the past 40 years, received the
doctorate in a ceremony at Lincoln Cathedral last week, and said it was
“a privilege to receive this award”.
It was during his National Service with the RAF that he became a photographic assistant and bought his first camera.
first professional break came in 1958 when he photographed a street
gang, The Guvnors, who had been involved in a murder. This led to a
commission from The Observer, and in 1964 he went to Cyprus on his
first war assignment.
He subsequently worked for The Sunday Times
for 18 years and photographed conflicts in Vietnam, Biafra and Lebanon.
In 2002 and 2004, he toured Southern Africa on a Christian Aid mission
publicising the devastation caused by Aids.
In 1982, he was forbidden to cover the Falklands conflict by the British government.
has twice been named Photographer of the Year and has won two gold
awards and three silverawards from the Designers and Art Directors
Association. In 1993, he was made a CBE and in 1997 he won the Erich
His photographs have been compiled collected in 16 books. He now lives in Somerset.