I only use a camera like I use a toothbrush. It does the job.

— Don McCullin

The most scandalous Don McCullin quotes that may be undiscovered and unusual

The real truth of life is on the streets.

Photograph the daily lives of people, and how they exist, and how they fight for space and time and pleasure.


Photography's a case of keeping all the pores of the skin open, as well as the eyes. A lot of photographers today think that by putting on the uniform, the fishing vest, and all the Nikons, that that makes them a photographer. But it doesn't. It's not just seeing. It's feeling.


Photography for me is not looking, it's feeling.

If you can't feel what you're looking at, then you're never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.


You cannot walk on the water of hunger, misery, and death. You have to wade through to record them.


Sometimes it felt like I was carrying pieces of human flesh back home with me, not negatives. It's as if you are carrying the suffering of the people you have photographed.


There's always a threat surrounding the things you love


I don't want to die for a few pictures.

I want to live for every sunrise I can clap my eyes on; I want to see my family get older; I want to see the world try and get a bit more peaceful and understanding, which unfortunately I don't think I'll ever see.


Photography has been very, very generous to me, but at the same time has damaged me.


I feel shabby - because I've made a name, quite a good name, out of photography.

And I still find myself asking the same questions: Who am I? What am I supposed to be? What have I done?


I want to be the toughest photographer in the world.


I am a professed atheist, until I find myself in serious circumstances.

Then I quickly fall on my knees, in my mind if not literally, and I say : 'Please God, save me from this.'


Seeing, looking at what others cannot bear to see is what my life is all about.


About Don McCullin

Quotes 17 sayings
Profession Photojournalist
Birthday October 9, 1935

Photography is the truth if it’s being handled by a truthful person.


I met an Englishwoman in Africa. She said she became a doctor because she saw one of my pictures. That’s all I want – just one doctor in Africa.


I am sometimes accused by my peers of printing my pictures too dark.

All I can say is that it goes with the mood of melancholy that is induced by witnessing at close quarters such intractable situations of conflict and joylessness.


Photography isn't about seeing, it's about feeling.

If I don't have some kind of feeling for what I'm shooting, how can I expect the person who looks at it to feel anything?