After my initial research on Mr. McCullins photo which was taken in 1968 during the battle for Hue City, Vietnam. I found that the actual title of the photo is, “Shellshocked US Marine, Hue, Vietnam”and that the Marine was awaiting transportation from the front lines, obviously due to combat stress. My research thus far has turned up nothing as to the identification of the Marine in the photo. So I have attempted to contact Mr. McCullin directly via facebook and through the associated wordpress website, I have heard no response back thus far.
What I have also found on Mr. McCullin is many of the photos he took during his time as an active combat photographer are reasons for grimacing. He is not a very fond of seeing his photos anymore, because of the feelings they evoke for him. He has suffered from Post Traumatic Stress his whole life from being in the very situations that enabled him to be such an award winning photographer.
Many of McCullin’s photos stirred up quite a bit of controversy during the times and during England’s Falkland War was the reason he was not allowed in to the combat zone to take photos. Obviously, McCullin’s work was showing a side of war that the countries involved did not want the public to see. The raw, up close, and brutal photos were showing the public the real side of war that the people back home were not allowed to see by government censorship, and media filtering.
At the age of 64, and living in Somerset, England he wishes to put those days behind him and has since focused on photos of landscapes as a means to calm his nerves. But he has said that even during his travels to photo these serene landscapes that when the local hunters fire shots it takes him back to those places of war, as gunfire is a prelude of battle for Mr. McCullin.