Sir Kenneth Macmillan (About 1980)
About this artwork
This portrait, commissioned by a perfume company, is an unusual image for Don McCullin who is best known for his reportage from war zones. Sir Kenneth MacMillan (1929-1992), the Dunfermline-born dancer and choreographer, worked on numerous prestigious productions in Britain, Germany and the United States. A former member of the Sadlers Wells Ballet, he directed the Royal Ballet between 1970 and 1977 and also served as director of the Berlin Opera Ballet. He received a knighthood in 1983 and was posthumously awarded a special Olivier Award for his achievements in 1993.
- title: Sir Kenneth Macmillan
- accession number: PGP 34.2
- artist: Don McCullinEnglish (born 1935)
- depicted: Sir Kenneth Macmillan
- gallery: Scottish National Portrait Gallery(On Display)
- object type: Photograph
- subject: Dance
- materials: Silver gelatine print
- date created: About 1980
- measurements: 28.10 x 34.80 cm
- credit line: Purchased 1983
Don McCullin is one of Britain's best known photojournalists. He made his name in the 1960s, covering most of the world's major conflicts for the 'Observer' and then 'The Sunday Times'. In Cyprus, Vietnam, Biafra and the Lebanon he provided direct and disturbing imagery of the effects of human cruelty through warfare, poverty or enforced starvation. The shift towards lifestyle journalism in the 1980s saw McCullin forced from 'The Sunday Times'. He was prevented by censors from covering the Falklands War. Since 1985 he has worked as a freelance photographer, most recently publishing a book on India.