About this artwork

McCullin has often taken more of an interest in the victims of conflict than the perpetrators. This is evident in his coverage of the Biafran war in the late 1960s. In three years of war, more than one million people died. On assignment for The Sunday Times Magazine, he photographed a camp of nine-hundred starving, war orphaned, dying children to present to the world the results of man’s inhumanity to man. His well-known image of a severely emaciated child, clutching an empty corned beef tin conveys the child’s sense of alienation, as he was ostracised by his peers due to his albinism.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
    Don McCullinEnglish (born 1935)
  • title:
    Biafra
  • date created:
    1968; printed 2013
  • materials:
    Gelatin silver print on paper
  • measurements:
    49.00 x 32.00 cm (framed: 71.50 x 53.00 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:
    AR01203
  • gallery:
  • subject:
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Don McCullin

Don McCullin