When photo journalist Tom Stoddart mentioned he would be going to meet Don McCullin to look over his new book, we thought it would be a great opportunity for him to road test the Q, Leica’s new system camera. HOTSHOE talked to Tom about his experience.
HOTSHOE: How did you and Don McCullin first become acquainted?
Tom Stoddart: I suppose that its been about 20 years. When I worked at The Sunday Times I would see him in the office, but I was a junior and he was a big star, so it wasn’t my place to talk to him. But I remember in 1982 I was working in Beirut, and he was there. Beirut was being bombed by Israeli forces, and it was around the time that Don shot those amazing pictures inside the mental asylum where he found that people had been tied to beds and