The exhibition is curated by Simon Baker, Director of the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris, in close collaboration with Don McCullin and Tim Jefferies of the Hamiltons Gallery in London, and with the assistance of Catherine Fairweather and Jeanne Grouet.
Exhibition promoted by the Department of Culture of Rome Capital and the Special Company Palaexpo.
Produced and organized by Azienda Speciale Palaexpo.
From 10 October 2023 Palazzo Esposizioni Roma presents the most important retrospective ever held so far, dedicated to the internationally renowned British photographer Don McCullin, the first to comprehensively collect the different phases of his work, up to the most recent photographs in which, in a surprising overall vision, the author summarizes his most radical experiences.
The exhibition at Palazzo Esposizioni is ideally linked to, and expands on, the Tate Britain anthology curated by Simon Baker in 2019. In addition to retracing the most significant moments of McCullin's work, it presents the series dedicated to the Roman Empire, started in the 2000s, which the author himself considers a point of arrival in which the key themes of his photography overlap and merge: the pain of the images of subordinate England and that of the wars scattered around the world, and the peace of the Somerset landscapes in which McCullin finds himself refuge to soothe the suffering of his war experiences.
In the current exhibition pain and peace coexist in the cultural, architectural and historical photographic investigation of the remains of the Roman Empire in the southern Mediterranean area. Exhibited in Rome, these photographs offer a new focus on the history of the City, rereading it, as happened in Vita Dulcis and in Roma, a portrait - the exhibitions that recently concluded at Palazzo Esposizioni - in relation to historical times or different cultures.