McCullin was born in 1935 in a poor
section of northern London, UK. After serving as an aerial photographer
for the RAF, from 1964 to 1984 he covered battlefields in Cyprus,
the Congo, Biafra, Vietnam, Cambodia, Bangladesh, El Salvador, and
the Middle East, becoming one of history's greatest war photographers.
He is the author of more than a dozen books, including his acclaimed
autobiography, Unreasonable Behaviour (1990), and 2001's retrospective
Don McCullin (both by Jonathan Cape). The winner of numerous
awards, including two from the World Press Photo, in 1992 he became
the only photojournalist to be made Commander of the British Empire
(CBE). Associated with Contact Press Images since 1995, he is based
in Somerset, England.