Salon Series in the Garden: Don McCullin & Warren Olney
Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles and Manuela restaurant are delighted to present ‘Salon Series in the Garden’ – a distinctive dining experience for creative thinkers interested in the culinary and visual arts. Each salon brings together noted guest speakers to explore various topics pertaining to art, architecture, nature, food, and music. The ideas shared in the conversation will then foster further discussion over a family-style meal by Chef Kris Tominaga.
Join us for our first salon in LA, which will feature a conversation with British photographer Sir Don McCullin, CBE and KCRW radio host Warren Olney. The two veterans of their fields will discuss photography in journalism and how the form has changed over the past 50 years. On the occasion of McCullin’s first gallery exhibition in the United States, this talk will shed light on the unvarnished grit of traditional photojournalism through McCullin and Olney’s lived accounts of human conflict as seen from across the world.
7 pm Welcome cocktail
7.30 pm Conversation and dinner
Family Style Dinner by Chef Kris Tominaga:
Biscuits & honey butter
Stonefruit, country ham, burrata, red skinned peanuts, garden herbs
Summer corn & tomato salad, wild rice, jalapeños, ricotta salata, basil, lime
Grilled hanger steak, cucumber, tomato vinaigrette
Pee wee potatoes & charred pole beans, cumin-chili butter, toasted seeds
Harry’s Berries strawberry shortcake & garden mint
Tickets to this event are $50. Price includes welcome cocktail, conversation, and family style meal with a glass of wine. Spaces limited, please book your place here.
About Don McCullin
‘When human beings are suffering, they tend to look up, as if hoping for salvation. And that’s when I press the button.’ – Don McCullin
Photographer Don McCullin has witnessed some of the most harrowing humanitarian disasters of the last half-century, having covered every major conflict in his adult lifetime. His assignments included the Vietnam and Biafra War, Northern Ireland, the Lebanese Civil War, Belgian Congo, the Russian invasion of Afghanistan and the fall of Phnom Penh. In pursuit of his work, he was wounded in Cambodia, fell from a roof in Salvador, was imprisoned by the Idi Amin regime in Uganda, and contracted cerebral malaria in West Africa. But in the course of his long career, and through his dedication to documenting global wars and conflict, he has become celebrated both as a master of black and white photography, and as history’s greatest war photographer.
His early professional career shone a harsh spotlight on the reality of post-war life, including the stark landscapes of the industrial north, the increasing unemployment and homelessness levels in the capital, and growing unrest across the country. For the last two decades, McCullin has turned to look at the land around him, namely the Somerset village in which he was evacuated during the Blitz. Often referring to the sweeping rural landscape as his greatest salvation, the photographer demonstrates the full mastery of his medium with stark black and white images resonating with human emotion whilst retaining the honesty and grit synonymous with his earlier works.
McCullin holds a Commander of the British Empire medal, and is only the second photographer to become a Knight of the Realm. Major exhibitions include: ‘Hearts of Darkness,’ Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England (1980); Barbican Center, London, England (1998); La Maison de la Photographie, Paris, France (2002); ‘Shaped By War,’ Imperial War Museum, London, England (2012); Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries, England (2017), a part of the Tate’s highly celebrated Artist Rooms. A major retrospective will take place at the Tate Britain, London, England in early 2019.
About Warren Olney
Warren Olney is the host and executive producer of To the Point and Olney in L.A. To the Point is a one-hour daily national and international news program distributed by Public Radio International, currently airing in Los Angeles, Seattle, San Diego and several other public radio markets nationwide. Olney in L.A. is a weekly interview segment which airs in KCRW during All Things Considered. From 1992 to 2016, Olney also hosted Which Way LA?, the signature daily local news program on 89.9 KCRW Santa Monica and KCRW.com.
Olney and his programs have been honored with nearly 40 national, regional and local awards for broadcast excellence since its inception. In 2012, Olney received the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Radio and Television News Association of Southern California for his broad achievements in television news, as well as his storied career over 20 years on public radio, both locally and nationally. He has been awarded the Golden Mike Award for “Best Public Affairs Program,” and WWLA was honored with the Los Angeles Press Club’s Southern California Journalism Award for Best Talk/Public Affairs Show. Olney was named Best Radio Journalist of the Year at the 2001 Los Angeles Press Club’s Southern California Journalism Awards. WWLA was also named as Best Talk/Public Affairs Show during the same awards ceremony.
He has been twice named “Broadcast Journalist of the Year” — for his work in both radio and television — by the Society of Professional Journalists, Los Angeles. He is the recipient of Emmy Awards for reporting and anchoring, and Golden Mikes for investigative reporting.
Olney is a veteran broadcast journalist. Concurrent with his hosting duties on Which Way, LA?, from June 1999 to September 2000, he served as co-anchor of KCET-TV’s Life & Times Tonight, a nightly public affairs show.
Olney was a television news reporter and anchor from 1966 to 1991, working in Washington, DC, Sacramento, and Los Angeles. Throughout his career, he covered local, state, and national politics, including presidential primaries, nominating conventions and inaugurals, and superpower summit meetings in Washington and Geneva. His special projects and investigations have focused on crime, science, the environment, among other subjects. Overseas assignments took him to Europe, Asia, and Central America.
He also served as a print reporter for the Sacramento Bee (California) and the Newport News Daily Press (Virginia). Olney’s interviews, book reviews, articles, and columns have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Village Voice, Los Angeles magazine, and California Journal, among other publications. He frequently speaks on politics, the media, the evolving character of Southern California, and other subjects, and is often called on to moderate public panels on numerous topics.
At the University of Southern California, Olney developed and taught “Broadcast Journalism,” a laboratory course for graduate and undergraduate students, from 1976-1982. As an actor, Olney has appeared in numerous feature films, including Crimson Tide, The Fisher King, and Higher Learning, as well as other feature and television productions.
Olney received his BA in English, magna cum laude, from Amherst College (Massachusetts) and became a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He has four children and five grandchildren. He is married to Marsha Temple, a former attorney at law, now Executive Director of the Integrated Recovery Network, a nonprofit helping the homeless mentally ill to find housing, treatment and jobs.
Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth
Photo: © Rémy Cortin