Work by world famous war photographer Don McCullin will be shown in a major exhibition of his images at Tate Liverpool next year.

It follows his successful show at Tate Britain earlier this year, which attracted 180,000 visitors - but will include some pictures exclusive to the Albert Dock gallery.

They include striking photographs of Liverpool taken in the 1960s, which show the terrible poverty in the city at the time.

MUST credit: Image courtesy of Don McCullin
MUST credit: Image courtesy of Don McCullin

Renowned as one of Britain's greatest living photographers, McCullin has captured images of conflict from around the world including Vietnam, Northern Ireland, Lebanon and Biafra, often taken at great personal risk.

The exhibition will include some of his most iconic and poignant photographs including an image of a shell-shocked US marine during The Battle of Hue in 1968.

They will be shown alongside his work made in the north of England, his travel assignments and landscapes taken near his home in Somerset.

Portrait of Don McCullin, Tate Britain
Portrait of Don McCullin, Tate Britain

McCullin, 83, first visited Liverpool as a 15-year-old boy when he had a job washing dishes in the dining car of a steam train that regularly travelled to the city from Euston.

From the early-1960s, he returned as a professional photographer, drawn by the scenes of post-war devastation, his friendship with Mersey poet Adrian Henri and the character of the Liverpool people.

He said: "I thought it was a tough city, lots of violence, but I understood that because I came from an area in North London that had just as much violence.

"Liverpool had lots of strong people with strong opinions and they would never be talked down to. They had this self confidence. They always stood on their legs very firmly and defended themselves."

Liverpool 8 1961
Liverpool 8 1961

McCullin recognised his own background in the poor conditions of those he photographed and was committed to the practice of and publicly highlighting these areas that were largely unseen by the British middle classes.

He said: "What made me want to photograph Liverpool was the devastation around the Toxteth area.

"In the late-70s they started having a slum clearance programme and I photographed this wasteland of houses that should never have been knocked down.

"It looked like a scene from the city of Berlin, it was devastation on a massive scale. It was very photogenic."

Opening in June 2020, the show will present more than 250 photographs and showcases the scope and achievements of his career.

McCullin began taking photographs in the 1950s, documenting his surroundings and local community in his native Finsbury Park.

Liverpool c. 1970
Liverpool c. 1970

He said: "I think it's only right that the exhibition comes to Liverpool because it will help people from the North of England to come and see it, rather than get on a train.

"I'm curious to know how they will receive it because it's a Southerner's eye view of the North.

Don McCullin is at Tate Liverpool from June 5 to September 27, 2020.