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European press review by Michel Philippot

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The 77-year old British photojournalist Don McCullin recently announced his plan to travel to Syria on assignment. Why did he get involved in this mess? If I have to be Scrooge, then I’ll be Scrooge. I have nothing but respect and admiration for Don McCullin. It’s rare to be troubled and uplifted by a photograph, but the work of Don McCullin has done just that with unparalleled consistency for the past fifty years. But why did he have to get involved in this mess? He has nothing to prove, to himself or anyone else. I have a weakness for photographers, so I have to forgive McCullin. As for the newspaper and its sponsors, I can’t help but question their motives.

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