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"Life, as it unfolds in front of the camera, is full of so much complexity, wonder, and surprise that I find it unnecessary to create new realities. There is more pleasure, for me, in things as-they-are"

- David Hurn

b. 1934

British

Based in Cardiff, UK

Member

Available for commissions
& assignments

Born in the UK, but of Welsh descent, David Hurn is a self-taught photographer who began his career in 1955 as an assistant at the Reflex Agency. Whilst a freelance photographer, he gained his early reputation with his reportage of the 1956 Hungarian revolution.

Hurn eventually turned away from coverage of current affairs preferring to take a more personal approach to photography.

He became an associate member of Magnum in 1965 and a full member in 1967.

In 1973, he set up the famous School of Documentary Photography in Newport, Wales. He resigned in 1989. He has since been in constant demand to lecture and do workshops around the world.

In 1997 he collaborated on a very successful textbook with Professor Bill Jay, On Being a Photographer, since then the book has never been out of print.

It is his book, Wales: Land of My Father, that truly reflects Hurn’s style and creative impetus. It is a self-initiated project attempting to discover what is meant by the phrase ‘my culture’. It consists of observations on the remarkable changes taking place in Wales from 1970 until the books publication by Thames and Hudson in 2000.

David Hurn has a longstanding international reputation as one of Britain’s most influential reportage photographers. His prints are acquired by many leading collectors and museums.

In 2016, David Hurn was awarded an honorary fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society.

He continues to live in, and work from, his home in Tintern, Wales.

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Selected works

Society

Living in Wales

David Hurn
Open story

From the Magnum Shop

Wild pony. Wales. 1974.

David Hurn
SIGNED AND EDITIONED
Shop

Writing the Picture

David Hurn
SIGNED
Shop

Most Recent

Theme | 9 Stories

Life by the Sea

Past Exhibition
Bristol , England

David Hurn’s Swaps at the Martin Parr Foundation

David Hurn
Until Sep 15 · Free

Arts & Culture

Celebrating 50 Years of the Isle of Wight Festival

David Hurn

Past Exhibition
Schirmeck, France

1968: Année Brûlante

Magnum Photographers
Until Aug 30

Newsroom

The Magnum Digest: March 25, 2018

Magnum Photographers

Arts & Culture

50 Years On: The Anti-Vietnam War Protest in London

David Hurn

Past Exhibition
Birmingham, United Kingdom

David Hurn’s Swaps at The Photography Show

Magnum Photographers
Until Mar 20

Newsroom

The Magnum Digest: February 11, 2018

Magnum Photographers

Theme | 20 Stories

Photobooks of 2017

Arts & Culture

Photographing The Other Jane Fonda

David Hurn