Don McCullin - Photographs New York Wednesday, October 11, 2023 | Phillips

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  • “Among the pictures I got was one of a man lying by the embers of a fire in Spitalfields market . . . as well as a portrait of him looking straight at me . . .  covered in dust and dirt from the fire. You can see the truth in those photographs, I think. If you slept on the streets for a few weeks, I wouldn't need to manipulate a photograph of you to show it.”
    —Don McCullin

    • Provenance

      Hamiltons Gallery, London

    • Literature

      McCullin, Don McCullin, p. 159
      McCullin, Don McCullin: a Retrospective, p. 17
      McCullin, Homecoming, p. 29
      Parmiggiani, Don McCullin: La Pace Impossible/The Impossible Place, p. 145


Tormented, Homeless Irishman, Spitalfields, London

Gelatin silver print, printed later, mounted.
40 x 26 3/4 in. (101.6 x 67.9 cm)
Overall 49 1/2 x 36 in. (125.7 x 91.4 cm)

Signed in ink, printed title, date, and number on a gallery label affixed to the frame-backing. Number 6 from an edition of 15.

Full Cataloguing

$6,000 - 8,000 

Sold for $10,160

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Sarah Krueger
Head of Department, Photographs


Vanessa Hallett
Worldwide Head of Photographs and Chairwoman, Americas


New York Auction 11 October 2023