The Landscape of War

Sir Don McCullin & Muhammed Muheisen in conversation about their careers as photojournalists, from the scars of war to the ghosts of photojournalism. This Xposure production filmed in the UK compares the lives, thoughts, ambitions and dedication of the two acclaimed photographers. The 32-minute documentary video contains some graphic scenes.

Sir Don McCullin


Sir Don McCullin was born in 1935 in London’s Finsbury Park, a poor and rough area at the time. Leaving school at fifteen with no qualifications, McCullin signed up to National Service in the RAF as a photographic assistant. In 1959, McCullin took his first published photograph of The Guvnors, a London gang who had been involved in a murder. This inimitable image appeared in The Observer that same year. It was this, teamed with his decision based on nothing more than his own intuition to go to Berlin to photograph the start of the building of the Wall, which secured his contract with The Observer in 1961.

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Muhammed Muheisen

Photojournalist & Documentary Photographer

Muheisen was born in 1981, graduated with a degree in journalism and political science. As the former Associated Press Chief Photographer for the Middle East, Pakistan and Afghanistan he covered conflicts across the region as well documented major events in Europe, Asia, Africa and the U.S. He spent four years in Pakistan as AP’s Chief Photographer for the region, and for the last several years has been documenting the refugee crisis across Europe. Most recently his work has focused on the issue of stranded unaccompanied refugee minors for the National Geographic Magazine.

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