Don McCullin

The Cyprus Civil War, Limassol, Cyprus

About this artwork

This photograph was taken on McCullin’s first international assignment where he had been sent by the Observer newspaper to cover the civil war in Cyprus. Taken in Limassol in the middle of a gun battle, it depicts a Turkish gunman emerging from the side of a cinema, gun poised, ready for attack. McCullin uses a sharp contrast of light and dark tones, as demonstrated by the gunman’s shadow which is sharply defined on the wall. This creates a dramatic effect and displays his skill at capturing the decisive moment. He was the only photojournalist present at this particular incident and felt a strong responsibility to record what was happening and convey it to the world.

  • title:
    The Cyprus Civil War, Limassol, Cyprus
  • accession number:
    AR01182
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  • materials:
    Gelatin silver print on paper
  • date created:
    1964 (printed 2013)
  • measurements:
    27.50 x 40.50 cm (framed: 49.50 x 62.00 cm)
  • credit line:
    ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Purchased with the assistance of the ARTIST ROOMS Endowment, supported by the Henry Moore Foundation and Tate Members 2013
  • copyright:
    © Don McCullin
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Don McCullin

Don McCullin