David Douglas Duncan : My 20th Century

David Douglas Duncan : My 20th Century is a new photo book published in 2015 by Arcade Publishing.

David Douglas Duncan, “perhaps the best war photographer since Matthew Brady” according to LIFE, is celebrated in a new book: My 20th Century. [See the recent Time article]. The video shows Duncan interviewed at his home by Julián Zugazagoitia, CEO/Director Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, Missouri (David Douglas Duncan’s birthplace). In 2013, Duncan gave the Nelson-Atkins Museum 161 photographs, almost all of which were produced over nearly two decades at Pablo Picasso’s home in France.

The new book combines Duncan’s acclaimed war photography with his unrelated but well-known images of the artist Picasso, whom he met and befriended via Robert Capa in 1956 when Picasso was in his seventies. This endured and resulted in 10,000 photographs and seven books, including The Private World of Pablo Picasso, published in 1958. Duncan, now 99 years old, lives in the South of France near to where Pablo Picasso spent his last years. Also see the 2012 Guardian newspaper article David Douglas Duncan – Picasso’s Photographer.

David Douglas Duncan’s photographs taken during the Korean War are perhaps the most celebrated of those he took as a photojournalist. His World War II photography led to an invitation to join Life Magazine, with which he covered many conflicts, including the Korean War. He compiled much of his Korean War photographs into the 1951 book This is War: A PhotoNarrative In Three Parts.