Tate Britain presents a comprehensive retrospective of the legendary British photographer Don McCullin

This exhibition includes many of his iconic war photographs – including images from Vietnam, Northern Ireland and more recently Syria, often captured at great personal risk. But it also focuses on the work he did at home in the UK, recording scenes of poverty and working class life in London’s East End and the industrial north, as well as meditative landscapes of his beloved Somerset, where he lives.

Sir Don McCullin was born in 1935 and grew up in a deprived area of north London. He got his first break when a newspaper published his photograph of friends who were in a local gang. From the 1960s he forged a career as probably the UK’s foremost war photographer, primarily working for the Sunday Times Magazine. His unforgettable and sometimes harrowing images are accompanied in the show with his brutally honest commentaries.

With over 250 photographs, all printed by McCullin himself in his own darkroom, this exhibition will be a unique opportunity to appreciate the scope and achievements of his entire career.

At the Tate Britain 5 February – 6 May 2019

Near Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin 1961 by Don McCullin born 1935

The Battle for the City of Hue, South Vietnam, US Marine Inside Civilian House 1968, printed 2013 by Don McCullin born 1935