Don McCullin

A Boy at the Funeral of his Father who Died of AIDS, Ndola, Kawama Cemetery, Zambia

About this artwork

This is a portrait of a fifteen year-old boy taken at the funeral of his father who had died of AIDS in Ndola, Zambia, January 2000. He stares straight into the camera and the viewer can clearly see his tear-stained cheeks. McCullin captures a very personal and emotional moment and while the portrait is sympathetic it is not sentimental. The image is carefully composed with a deceptive simplicity, recording the scene in a respectful and dignified manner in order to convey the significance of the moment. In 2000, the photographer’s series of AIDs photographs were exhibited at the Whitechapel Gallery in London and the United Nations in New York.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
    Don McCullinEnglish (born 1935)
  • title:
    A Boy at the Funeral of his Father who Died of AIDS, Ndola, Kawama Cemetery, Zambia
  • date created:
    2000 (printed 2013)
  • materials:
    Gelatin silver print on paper
  • measurements:
    53.00 x 35.00 cm (framed: 76.00 x 57.00 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Purchased with the assistance of the ARTIST ROOMS Fund, supported by the Henry Moore Foundation and Tate Members 2013
  • accession number:
    AR01202
  • gallery:
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Don McCullin

Don McCullin