Living in Wales is an album of over one hundred duotone portraits of people who, in the words of the photographer David Hurn, “have enriched my life and that of Wales”.
It is a roster of the famous and distinguished in the fields of science, business, the arts, sport, the law, health, media, politics, and religion. Writer Jan Morris rubs shoulders with Cabinet Minister Peter Hain; Tyrone O’Sullivan of Tower Colliery vies with industrialist John Harvey-Jones; harpist Catrin Finch faces champion cyclist Nicole Cooker; Bryn Terfel meets Colin Jackson.
In between are photographs of others, who, in less public ways make an immense contribution to the cultural and societal fabric of Wales: ice cream makers, publicans, chimney sweeps, restaurateurs. It contains the responses that each subject had to a set of short questions about the notion of ‘Welsh-ness’. Political devolution, a new economy, and the resurgence of the Welsh language are among several factors discussed by authors, artists, historians, and social commentators.