David Hurn Wild pony colt. Cold tourists in the rain in the background. Brecon Beacons, Wales, Great Britain. 1974. © David Hurn | Magnum Photos

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Magnum Photos, and to celebrate the community of photographers of which he is a part, Magnum’s current President Martin Parr has curated a selection of the print swaps from which David Hurn has built an extraordinary collection.

With a career spanning over six decades, Hurn, like Parr, is also a connoisseur and patron of documentary photography. Over the years he has amassed more than 600 prints, from the 19th century to the present – and most of his collection was built via swapping with fellow photographers. “I have never chosen a print that has not enriched my life,”  says Hurn.

David Hurn Peter O'Toole, british leading actor of both stage and film. England, Great Britain. 1962. © David Hurn | Magnum Photos
Christopher Anderson Hillary Clinton at the Liberty Awards, held at the Nation Constitution Center. Philadelphia, USA. 2013. © Christopher Anderson | Magnum Photos

Parr’s selection spans Bill Brandt through to Diana Markosian and begins with a group of images by colleagues, such as Sergio Larrain and Bruce Davidson, whose work was to influence Hurn’s own practice. The exhibition then moves into a playful presentation in which images have been paired or grouped into larger relationships around a key Hurn image.


David Hurn Cafe with photo of Dylan Thomas. Laugharne, Wales, Great Britain. 1974. © David Hurn | Magnum Photos
Harry Gruyaert The Picnic. Extremadura, Spain. 1998. © Harry Gruyaert | Magnum Photos

“In 1958, a chance encounter in Trafalgar Square affected my future life. I was photographing the pigeons. Another photographer, Sergio Larrain, was doing the same. We became close friends and he, later, gave me as a present, my first collectable prints.” – David Hurn

“…it is very apparent that Hurn has a fine eye for photography. Every one of the images he has selected is a winner. The images range across the many genres of photography, across the broad spectrum of Magnum photographers.” – Martin Parr

David Hurn will be in conversation with Martin Parr at Photo London on February 19th May, 5.15-6.15pm.

David Hurn Possibly the first official strip club in London. Old Crompton Street, Soho. London, Great Britain. 1963. © David Hurn | Magnum Photos
Bieke Depoorter I AM ABOUT TO CALL IT A DAY. 2010. © Bieke Depoorter | Magnum Photos

The exhibition David Hurn’s Swaps has been made with the generous support of exhibition partner theprintspace, London.

Join us in celebrating Magnum’s 70th anniversary throughout 2017. Bookmark our anniversary hub to find seminal stories, new work, and discover what Magnum events are happening near you.

Gueorgui Pinkhassov "Self-portrait in a courtyard of Baku". (Pinkhassov's reflection). Baku, Azerbaijan, Soviet Union. 1976. © Gueorgui Pinkhassov | Magnum Photos
David Hurn Tintern Forest. Wales, Great Britain. 1976. © David Hurn | Magnum Photos
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