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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


Based in Cardiff, UK


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


Living in Wales

David Hurn
Open story

From the Magnum Shop

Most Recent

Current Exhibition
Cardiff, Wales

David Hurn’s Swaps in Cardiff

David Hurn
Until Mar 11, 2018

Upcoming Artist Talk
Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Magnum Photos at 70 Symposium: Past, Present, Future

Magnum Photographers
Nov 24

Upcoming Workshop
Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Frankfurt: Magnum Group Critique

Magnum Photographers
Nov 25

Arts & Culture

David Hurn’s Arizona

David Hurn

Theme | 10 Stories

Behind The Image

Theme | 8 Stories

On The Road

Past Exhibition
London, United Kingdom

Swap Shop at theprintspace

Magnum Photographers
Until Jul 25

Past Square Print Sale


Magnum Photographers
Jun 5 - 9

Past Competition

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

Magnum Photographers
Until Jun 12

Past Exhibition
London, United Kingdom

Magnum Home: Just Kids

Until May 21

Theory & Practice

Behind the Image: David Hurn’s Beatlemania

David Hurn

Arts & Culture

David Hurn’s California

David Hurn

Theme | 19 Stories

Magnum at 70: What’s On

Past Exhibition
London, United Kingdom

David Hurn’s Swaps

Magnum Photographers
Until May 21

Past Exhibition
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom

Evolution Explored

Magnum Photographers
Until Apr 20

Arts & Culture

Same Old New You

Magnum Photographers

Theme | 9 Stories

On Photography: Magnum Photos Now


One Year On: The November 13 Paris Attacks

Magnum Photographers