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
Born in England but of Welsh descent, David Hurn is a self-taught photographer who began his career in 1955 as an assistant at the Reflex Agency. While working as 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. In 2016, David Hurn was awarded an honorary fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society.
He continues to live and work in Tintern, Wales.