The first speaker was Don McCullin, a man who documented the Vietnam War through his photography and is more broadly recognised as one of Britain's most influential photographers. During the Vietnam War journalists, photographers and news crews had the ability to access all areas and photograph, film and publish a lot more material than they can now. Don McCullin was no exception, accessing dangerous war areas in Vietnam and even putting his life at danger, armed only with a camera. During the conference Don McCullin told us that he competed to take the best possible photographs, photographs that would represent himself, his career and humanity. He openly trespassed on uninvited territory, not to offer salvation but to take photographs. Whilst on tour in Vietnam, Don McCullin was in dangerous territory and even came so close to a bullet whilst crawling through a field that the bullet struck his camera.
"It kind of gets on my nerves now. . . because it has appeared everywhere." An exhibition at the Imperial War Museum entitled "Shaped by War" is dedicated to Don McCullin's photography, even displaying the camera that took a bullet during the Vietnam War.