Don McCullin (b. 1935) grew up poor in Finsbury Park, a tough northeast neighbourhood of London. When his father died he was forced to forfeit an art school scholarship.
Top: April 1962. Photograph: Don McCullin. This portrait of Finsbury Park immigrants, posed in a pedestrian underground tunnel in McCullin’s home borough, echoes the anxiety of the feature. By processing his film and printing the grainy image himself, McCullin retained control over the intense tonal range of his work – a response to Wolsey’s demand for good, strong, punchy black and white. Wolsey’s ‘cornered’ stack of white type and rules leads elegantly into the next spread.
Anne Braybon, art director, curator and photo historian, London
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