“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 was born in the UK but of Welsh descent. His reputation as one of the world’s great photographers started in 1956 with his coverage of the Hungarian revolution. Hurn soon turned away from coverage of current affairs, preferring to take a more personal approach to photography. He was invited to become a member of Magnum Photos in 1967.
He is self taught in photography yet surprisingly set up the famous school of Documentary Photography in Newport in 1973. He now completes the circle, having serious doubts about the usefulness of present day photographic education.
He virtually never accepts assignments but is very active shooting from his South Wales base.
He has produced six books since 1997.