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In 1970-80 David Hurn was awarded a UK/ USA Bicentennial Fellowship, a one-year award to photograph in America. With the whole country to choose from, he opted for Arizona. “It was the most right-wing state in America and Wales at that time was probably the most left-wing part of the UK. Also it’s the driest state in America and Wales is the wettest. so it seemed to me it was such an extraordinary contrast.”

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
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A self-taught photographer, David Hurn (b.1934) began his career in 1955 as an assistant at the Reflex Agency. He gained his early reputation through his reportage of the 1956 Hungarian revolution and became a full member of Magnum Photos in 1967. In 1973 he set up the influential School of Documentary Photography in Newport, Wales and remained director until 1989.

His work is held in major collections including British Council, London; ICP, New York, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Bibliothèque nationale de France and National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, amongst others.

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

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