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The Destruction Business.
London: Open Gate Books, 1971. Square octavo. Original black cloth, spine lettered in gilt. With the dust jacket. A little rubbing to tips, contents clean and unmarked. A near-fine copy in the jacket, with some minor creasing, a little chipping to spine ends, and a few short closed tears to extremities, not price-clipped. First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. This is the uncommon hardback issue of McCullin's most important work. "The Destruction Business is, strictly speaking, a monograph, a retrospective of some of his best-known images and assignments, but his vision is so singular and the sequences so well constructed that it easily makes the grade as a coherent photobook. [and] it is the classic imagery of war in places such as Biafra and Vietnam to which we return. McCullin was one of the bravest of the war photographers covering these conflicts, and always heeded Robert Capa's dictum to get in close. The result, at some cost to himself, was a series of iconic images of war, and which still have a vital role to play in the condemnation of such madness" (Parr & Badger). Parr & Badger II, p. 249. [Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]
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