On Being A Photographer : Key Decisions of Magnum Photographer David Hurn

24 May 2019

Region: South Wales

Image copyright - David Hurn Hon FRPS

South Wales RPS Region are working closely with the School of Journalism, Media & Culture (Cardiff University), the Tom Hopkinson Centre for Media History, Magnum Photos and the National Museum of Wales to create a very special event which will be the last time that David Hurn plans to speak in public. As advance notice, the event will be on Saturday 15 February 2020 - School of Journalism, Media & Culture (Cardiff University), Main Lecture Theatre (0.06) No 2 Central Square, Cardiff CF10 1FS

"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 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 photography he gained his early reputation with his reportage of the 1956 Hungarian revolution. David eventually turned away from the coverage of current affairs preferring to take a more personal approach to photography. He bacame 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, South 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. 

David Hurn has a longstanding international reputation as one of Britain's most influential reportage photographers.

In this special event, David Hurn will reflect on the key decisions in his life and career and the wide-ranging imapct of his work. Additionally, speakers from the School of Journalism Media & Culture (Cardiff University), Magnum Photos, the National Museum of Wales and the Royal Photographic Society will discuss the role of key publications in twentieth-century photojournalism, the importance of the photo-archive and public exhibitions in preserving the legacy of reportage, and the changes in publications and platforms that are shaping the photo-industry in the twenty-first century.

Please contact Royal Photographic Society South Wales Region Secretary, Rhys Jones for more information -  Email southwalessecretary@rps.org