About this artwork

This photograph was taken while McCullin was on assignment for ‘The Sunday Times Magazine’ and was first published as part of a photo-story entitled ‘War on the Home Front’ in December 1971. It is the first of three photographs taken within moments of each other that were originally printed as a photo-sequence, providing a snapshot of the violence in Northern Ireland. McCullin has captured the decisive moments of this scene, exploiting the repetition of line in the horizontals of the windowsills set in the wall, the stripes on the soldiers’ shields and the plank of wood the young man holds above his head to order his composition. As the subsequent images show, here the repeated linear motif emphasises a moment of calm before an outburst of physical aggression.

  • title:
    Northern Ireland, The Bogside, Londonderry
  • accession number:
    AR01189
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  • materials:
    Gelatin silver print on paper
  • date created:
    1971 (printed 2013)
  • measurements:
    28.50 x 42.00 cm (framed: 50.50 x 64.00 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