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Swap Shop: Swap Prints Online With David Hurn & Martin Parr

A print-swapping project inspired by David Hurn’s Photo London Swaps exhibition, curated by Martin Parr

Harry Gruyaert The Picnic. Extremadura, Spain. 1998. © Harry Gruyaert | Magnum Photos
Magnum Photos is partnering with theprintspace, to give the global photography community the opportunity to swap a print with David Hurn and Martin Parr as well as each other. theprintspace’s ‘thehub’ is a software platform that enables artists to sell, store, archive, share and print images. Inspired by David Hurn’s Swaps exhibition curated by Martin Parr, this project gives participants the chance to swap their prints with each other, and perhaps end up with a print of Parr’s or Hurn’s.

Find out more and how to enter here

Alec Soth From the David Hurn Swaps exhibition. Crazy Legs Saloon. Watertown, New York, USA. 2012. © Alec Soth | Magnum Photos

The Swap Shop Project

Following a free, open-call submission period Magnum Photos editors will judge the entries and choose their favourite 200 images. These will be exhibited at theprintspace gallery, 74 Kingsland Rd, London E2 8DL  from 30th June to 11th July, with a private view on 29th June.

The 200 shortlisted photographers will be able to swap prints online with anyone else in the exhibition, with theprintspace providing free printing. This is optional and subject to mutual agreement but it will give everyone the chance to build their art collection in the same way David Hurn has over the years.

Two people will swap a print with either David Hurn or Martin Parr, giving you an opportunity to be in their collection and for them to be in yours. David Hurn and Martin Parr’s swapped images will also feature in the exhibition.


David Hurn From the David Hurn Swaps exhibition. Tableau case. National Museum. Cardiff, Wales, Great Britain. 2006. © David Hurn | Magnum Photos
Moises Saman From the David Hurn Swaps exhibition. Injured survivors of an Iraqi Air Force helicopter crash in Mount Sinjar lie onboard a rescue helicopter on its way to Iraqi Kurdistan. Sinjar Mountains, Iraq. (...)

David Hurn gained a reputation with reportage photography and eventually turned away from coverage of current affairs, preferring to take a more personal approach to the medium. Finding pleasure in things-as-they-are Hurn transcribes the complexity, wonder, and surprise of life into compelling, narrative images. Alongside his long and illustrious career with Magnum Photos Hurn established in 1973 the famous School of Documentary Photography in Newport, Wales – inspiring and teaching many in the process. Hurn started and built his own wonderful collection of prints mostly by swapping his own work with other Magnum photographers.

By creating fiction out of reality Martin Parr has developed an international reputation for his oblique approach to social documentary, and his prolific input to photographic culture within the UK and abroad. He continues to innovate, producing social documentary work that challenges the status quo through satire, and a wry, observant humour. A Magnum photographer, and now president of Magnum, Parr is a vital and iconic voice within the photographic community.


Olivia Arthur From the David Hurn Swaps exhibition. A family perform wedding rituals at a public wedding-hall in Tehran. Iran. 2007. © Olivia Arthur | Magnum Photos

May 17: Submissions Open
June 12: Submissions Close
June 17: Successful applicants notified
June 29: Private View 7.30 – 10.30pm
June 30 – July 11: Exhibition open to the public


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