Don McCullin at Tate Liverpool

08th September, 2020

Tate Liverpool opens its doors next week for a major retrospective of legendary British photographer Sir Don McCullin. The exhibition runs from 16 September 2020 until 9 May next year, bringing together more than 200 photographs to showcase the scope of his career.

McCullin is renowned as one of Britain’s greatest living photographers, capturing images of conflict from around the world including Vietnam, Northern Ireland and Lebanon.

Don McCullin began taking photographs in 1958, documenting his surroundings and community in Finsbury Park, London. His photograph The Guvnors – a portrait of a notorious local gang – was published in The Observer in 1959, which launched his career. In 1961 he travelled to Germany to photograph the Berlin Wall as it was built, which won him a British Press Award and a permanent contract with the paper. He went on to capture a string of major conflicts, from Vietnam and the Congo to Cyprus and Beirut

 Whilst best known as a photojournalist and war correspondent, McCullin continued his passion for documentary photography in the UK. The Tate Liverpool exhibition shows a series of photos depicting life in Liverpool – and other northern towns and cities – in the 1960s and 70s.

© Don McCullin Liverpool c. 1970 © Don McCullin
© Don McCullin Liverpool 8 in the early 1960s © Don McCullin

Originally shown at Tate Britain in spring 2019, the exhibition also includes some of his most iconic photographs, including Shell-shocked US Marine, The Battle of Hue 1968 and Starving Twenty Four Year Old Mother with Child, Biafra 1968. Alongside the silver gelatin images he printed in his own darkroom, the exhibition includes his magazine spreads and contact sheets. It also highlights the risky situations he often found himself in, including his helmet – and the Nikon camera which took a bullet for him in Cambodia.

You’ll need to book a timed ticket before visiting – bookings are now being taken until 31 December 2020 here.



© Don McCullin Catholic Youths Attacking British Soldiers in the Bogside of Derry~Londonderry 1971 © Don McCullin