A new exhibition featuring photographs from the personal collection of photographer David Hurn opens in the photography gallery at National Museum Cardiff.

David Hurn: Swaps, which will run until 27 March 2022, follows on from the museum’s successful Swaps exhibition in 2017 and will feature further highlights from the David Hurn Collection. The exhibition presents a selection of works by leading photographers that Hurn has collected through the process of exchange.

The exhibition will feature 68 photographs that celebrate David’s keen eye for photography, his support for other photographers and his appreciation for a variety of photographic disciplines during a stunning career spanning over six decades. The exhibition, curated by Magnum Photos and Martin Parr, was first shown at Photo London in 2017 to mark the 70th anniversary of Magnum Photos, the community of photographers David Hurn has been part of for 55 years.

Of Welsh descent, Hurn lives and works in Wales. Throughout his career as a documentary photographer and member of Magnum Photos, he has been an avid collector of photography, predominantly by swapping works with fellow photographers.

Hurn gifted a large collection of photographs to Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales in 2017. The gift comprised two parts: approximately 1500 of his own photographs that span his sixty-year career as a documentary photographer; and approximately 700 photographs from his private collection which he has compiled throughout the course of his career.

Having an exhibition at National Museum Cardiff is a dream realised for me, and I’m humbled by being able to open my second exhibition there. I remember visiting the museum as a young boy with my mother; she used to tell me of all the works ‘donated’ to the museum – I’m very proud to be a donor of works to our national museum.

David Hurn

National Museum Cardiff
Cathays Park
CF10 3NP

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