Photography

Hurn, David (1934)

An assistant at the Reflex Agency from 1955, David Hurn turned to photojournalism, depicting such moments as the anti-Vietnam protests, the Isle of Wight festival alongside London’s Soho scene and the streets of New York - ‘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’. In 1973, the British photographer founded the School of Documentary Photography in Newport which he directed until 1989. During the 1960s, David Hurn depicted numerous pop culture icons and worked with the film industry, capturing The Beatles on the set of A Hard Day’s Night, Sean Connery in From Russia with Love and most famously, Jane Fonda in Barbarella. The actress indeed had rejected most of the images made to promote the film and, when David Hurn was called to portray the actress, he discovered how insecure she was about her looks:‘I feel like a squirrel with one cheek full of nuts’ - ‘Anyway I managed to get her to laugh a lot and we then became very good friends.’
 

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David Hurn, Elderly sunbathing just away from the beach at Aberavon, Wales, 1971
David Hurn, Elderly sunbathing just away from the beach at Aberavon, Wales, 1971
David Hurn, In the South Wales valley's, walking the dog, Tylorstown, 1971
David Hurn, In the South Wales valley's, walking the dog, Tylorstown, 1971
David Hurn, Barry Island Fun Fair, Wales, 1971
David Hurn, Barry Island Fun Fair, Wales, 1971
David Hurn, Coach party from the valleys on holiday during the fortnight close down of the pits, Aberavon Beach, Wales, 1971
David Hurn, Coach party from the valleys on holiday during the fortnight close down of the pits, Aberavon Beach, Wales, 1971
David Hurn, Monday wash day, Rhondda Valley, Wales, c. 1971
David Hurn, Monday wash day, Rhondda Valley, Wales, c. 1971
David Hurn, A 'sing song' in a local pub in the village of Sennybridge, Mid Wales. The tradition of public singing springs from the fact that many of the community are or were members of choirs. The choir linked to the Chapel is one of the least expensive mass cultural pastimes. Sennybridge, Wales, 1973
David Hurn, A 'sing song' in a local pub in the village of Sennybridge, Mid Wales. The tradition of public singing springs from the fact that many of the community are or were members of choirs. The choir linked to the Chapel is one of the least expensive mass cultural pastimes. Sennybridge, Wales, 1973
David Hurn, Miners at the end of their shift, Rhondda Valley, Wales, 1972
David Hurn, Miners at the end of their shift, Rhondda Valley, Wales, 1972
David Hurn, Man with Teddy Bear at bus stop, Cardiff, Wales, 1973
David Hurn, Man with Teddy Bear at bus stop, Cardiff, Wales, 1973
David Hurn, The local brass band lead the last Civic Parade to be held in Llanidloes, Llanidloes, Wales, 1973
David Hurn, The local brass band lead the last Civic Parade to be held in Llanidloes, Llanidloes, Wales, 1973
David Hurn, Junior Wales ballroom dancing championships at the Savoy Ballroom, Bargoed, Wales, 1973
David Hurn, Junior Wales ballroom dancing championships at the Savoy Ballroom, Bargoed, Wales, 1973
David Hurn, Miss Royal Agriculture Show, Builth Wells, Wales, 1973
David Hurn, Miss Royal Agriculture Show, Builth Wells, Wales, 1973
David Hurn, A father with his children relax on the beach at Barry Island, South Wales. The picture is during the 'miners' week' the holiday period of the miners of South Wales. It is probable that most of the people on the beach are miners on their holiday. Due to the closing of the pits this cultural happening no longer takes place, Barry Island, Wales, 1973
David Hurn, A father with his children relax on the beach at Barry Island, South Wales. The picture is during the 'miners' week' the holiday period of the miners of South Wales. It is probable that most of the people on the beach are miners on their holiday. Due to the closing of the pits this cultural happening no longer takes place, Barry Island, Wales, 1973
David Hurn, The military artillery range. Sheep shelter from the rain, Mynydd Epynt, Wales, 1973
David Hurn, The military artillery range. Sheep shelter from the rain, Mynydd Epynt, Wales, 1973
David Hurn, Walkers in the Roath area of Cardiff, Wales, 1973
David Hurn, Walkers in the Roath area of Cardiff, Wales, 1973
David Hurn, Old farmer with primitive sculpture he made for his garden near Aber Eiddy, Wales, 1974
David Hurn, Old farmer with primitive sculpture he made for his garden near Aber Eiddy, Wales, 1974
David Hurn, The promenade at the elegant seaside town of Tenby, Wales, 1974
David Hurn, The promenade at the elegant seaside town of Tenby, Wales, 1974
David Hurn, Wild pony colt. Cold tourists in the rain in the background, Brecon Beacons, 1974
David Hurn, Wild pony colt. Cold tourists in the rain in the background, Brecon Beacons, 1974
David Hurn, The Gorsedd (bardic) Procession, Camarthen, Wales, 1974
David Hurn, The Gorsedd (bardic) Procession, Camarthen, Wales, 1974
David Hurn, The indoor pool at Butlin's Holiday Camp. A wonderful idea allowing working class people to have cheap family holidays, Pwllheli, 1974
David Hurn, The indoor pool at Butlin's Holiday Camp. A wonderful idea allowing working class people to have cheap family holidays, Pwllheli, 1974
David Hurn, Sarah enjoys the realities of never ending fantasies, Abertillery, Wales, 1974
David Hurn, Sarah enjoys the realities of never ending fantasies, Abertillery, Wales, 1974
David Hurn, The last Chapel walk. The congregation from various Chapels join the walk as the singers pass their Chapel. This was the last one I heard of in Wales, Six Bells, 1975
David Hurn, The last Chapel walk. The congregation from various Chapels join the walk as the singers pass their Chapel. This was the last one I heard of in Wales, Six Bells, 1975
David Hurn, Working in Shotton Steel Works during its last days before closing. The last pouring, Shotton, 1977
David Hurn, Working in Shotton Steel Works during its last days before closing. The last pouring, Shotton, 1977
David Hurn, The walk to the summit and down, Snowdon, 1978
David Hurn, The walk to the summit and down, Snowdon, 1978
David Hurn, Taff-Ely Rugby club Christmas party. Members of the Llanharen RFU club have a
David Hurn, Taff-Ely Rugby club Christmas party. Members of the Llanharen RFU club have a "members" show, judged but a guest stripper, at the rigby club stag night, Wales, 1978
David Hurn, A poster advertisement, actually showing a period in the decline of the Egyptian Culture, symbolises the invasion of Welsh culture by the new capitalism. The fence is made of old steel rope from the Lewis Merthr Pit seen in the background. Trehafod, South Wales, Wales, 1979
David Hurn, A poster advertisement, actually showing a period in the decline of the Egyptian Culture, symbolises the invasion of Welsh culture by the new capitalism. The fence is made of old steel rope from the Lewis Merthr Pit seen in the background. Trehafod, South Wales, Wales, 1979
David Hurn, The very efficient baby care unit at Butlins Holiday Camp. Part of the joy of the holiday for many of the parents is the chance of being able to leave their children for part of the day in the care of very well qualified and loving staff. Pwllheli, Wales, 1986
David Hurn, The very efficient baby care unit at Butlins Holiday Camp. Part of the joy of the holiday for many of the parents is the chance of being able to leave their children for part of the day in the care of very well qualified and loving staff. Pwllheli, Wales, 1986
David Hurn, Dinosaurs from China at the National Museum of Wales. Cardiff, Wales, 1986
David Hurn, Dinosaurs from China at the National Museum of Wales. Cardiff, Wales, 1986
David Hurn, A large farming family pose as one of the junior members take their photograph under the guidance of the photographer Sue Packer. The family get together at least once a year for a party ( in this case for a Christening). A roast pig is traditionaly the food every year. Castleton, Wales, 1987
David Hurn, A large farming family pose as one of the junior members take their photograph under the guidance of the photographer Sue Packer. The family get together at least once a year for a party ( in this case for a Christening). A roast pig is traditionaly the food every year. Castleton, Wales, 1987
David Hurn, Nantgwitt Church in the Elan Valley. Open air service, Wales, 1973
David Hurn, Nantgwitt Church in the Elan Valley. Open air service, Wales, 1973
David Hurn, Pit ponies each have an individual handler who is responsible for its health, welfare and cleanliness. Ponies are not underground for long periods. Simply the time it takes to get to the coal face and bring coal out to the surface. A distance of about a mile. Between shifts the miners gather in their own rest-room, Neath Valley, Black Mountain Coal, 1993
David Hurn, Pit ponies each have an individual handler who is responsible for its health, welfare and cleanliness. Ponies are not underground for long periods. Simply the time it takes to get to the coal face and bring coal out to the surface. A distance of about a mile. Between shifts the miners gather in their own rest-room, Neath Valley, Black Mountain Coal, 1993
David Hurn, Enjoying the beach, Porth Oer, 2004
David Hurn, Enjoying the beach, Porth Oer, 2004
David Hurn, Gay Ball held in the Registry Resort in Phoenix, 1979
David Hurn, Gay Ball held in the Registry Resort in Phoenix, 1979
David Hurn, All 'Girls' rodeo day at the Arizona State Fair, Phoenix, 1979
David Hurn, All 'Girls' rodeo day at the Arizona State Fair, Phoenix, 1979
David Hurn, All 'Girls' rodeo day at the Arizona State Fair, Phoenix, 1979
David Hurn, All 'Girls' rodeo day at the Arizona State Fair, Phoenix, 1979
David Hurn, The enthusiastic supporters of the Arizona State University Football Team at a home game against Utah, Tempe, Arizona, 1979
David Hurn, The enthusiastic supporters of the Arizona State University Football Team at a home game against Utah, Tempe, Arizona, 1979
David Hurn, Kennilworth Elementary school in Phoenix where the students get into the spirit of Halloween celebrations with the help of a dressed up teacher, Phoenix, 1979
David Hurn, Kennilworth Elementary school in Phoenix where the students get into the spirit of Halloween celebrations with the help of a dressed up teacher, Phoenix, 1979
David Hurn, Surreal pair guard a house during Halloween in Tempe, Arizona, 1979
David Hurn, Surreal pair guard a house during Halloween in Tempe, Arizona, 1979
David Hurn, Posters abound promoting the fact that it is a great place to live, Phoenix, 1979
David Hurn, Posters abound promoting the fact that it is a great place to live, Phoenix, 1979
David Hurn, Cactus Forest Road, Florence, Arizona, 1980
David Hurn, Cactus Forest Road, Florence, Arizona, 1980
David Hurn, Tucson Cafe, Arizona, 1980
David Hurn, Tucson Cafe, Arizona, 1980
David Hurn, Big Surf in the middle of the desert. A large freshwater lagoon where you can ride rolling breakers up to five feet high, created by a hydraulic wave maker. The waves roll onto a palm dotted, four acre, sandy beach, Arizona, 1980
David Hurn, Big Surf in the middle of the desert. A large freshwater lagoon where you can ride rolling breakers up to five feet high, created by a hydraulic wave maker. The waves roll onto a palm dotted, four acre, sandy beach, Arizona, 1980
David Hurn, Prescott Rodeo Frontier Days. Spectators dress in the spirit of the western week, Arizona, 1980
David Hurn, Prescott Rodeo Frontier Days. Spectators dress in the spirit of the western week, Arizona, 1980
David Hurn, Rest room in cafe in Montezuma, Arizona, 1980
David Hurn, Rest room in cafe in Montezuma, Arizona, 1980
David Hurn, Car window reflector to help keep the inside of a car cooler in the exceptional hot desert sun, Arizona, 1980
David Hurn, Car window reflector to help keep the inside of a car cooler in the exceptional hot desert sun, Arizona, 1980
David Hurn, The winner in the Apache baby contest, Apache Junction, Arizona, 1980
David Hurn, The winner in the Apache baby contest, Apache Junction, Arizona, 1980
David Hurn, Retirement members of Sherriff Possee, the police of sun city at weapons practice, Sun City, Arizona, 1992
David Hurn, Retirement members of Sherriff Possee, the police of sun city at weapons practice, Sun City, Arizona, 1992
David Hurn, Navajo Indian rugs for sale in the Painted Desert, Arizona, 1980
David Hurn, Navajo Indian rugs for sale in the Painted Desert, Arizona, 1980
David Hurn, A sign in the Arizona desert. It means that very shortly the whole of the area will be developed with housing and shopping Malls, Arizona, 1979
David Hurn, A sign in the Arizona desert. It means that very shortly the whole of the area will be developed with housing and shopping Malls, Arizona, 1979
David Hurn, 850th anniversary festival of the Abbey, Tintern, Wales, 1981
David Hurn, 850th anniversary festival of the Abbey, Tintern, Wales, 1981
David Hurn, Raft Race, Tintern, Wales, 1979
David Hurn, Raft Race, Tintern, Wales, 1979
David Hurn, Reading in a Tintern garden, Wales, 1983
David Hurn, Reading in a Tintern garden, Wales, 1983
David Hurn, Roller skating on the sea front walk, Venice Beach, 1980
David Hurn, Roller skating on the sea front walk, Venice Beach, 1980
David Hurn, Ocean Front Walk. A cross section of ages enjoy the sun, Santa Monica, 1980
David Hurn, Ocean Front Walk. A cross section of ages enjoy the sun, Santa Monica, 1980
David Hurn, Roller skating on the sea front walk, Venice Beach, 1980
David Hurn, Roller skating on the sea front walk, Venice Beach, 1980
David Hurn, Hollywood Stars on the Pier overlooking the beach, Santa Monica, 2002
David Hurn, Hollywood Stars on the Pier overlooking the beach, Santa Monica, 2002
David Hurn, Relaxing on the beach, Santa Monica, 1980
David Hurn, Relaxing on the beach, Santa Monica, 1980
David Hurn, Salton Sea, 1991
David Hurn, Salton Sea, 1991
David Hurn, Mission beach in the early mist, 2006
David Hurn, Mission beach in the early mist, 2006
David Hurn, Suze Randell, photographer, with her daughter at home, Santa Monica, 1980
David Hurn, Suze Randell, photographer, with her daughter at home, Santa Monica, 1980
David Hurn, Ursula Andress in her dressing room on the set of
David Hurn, Ursula Andress in her dressing room on the set of "Dr No", 1962
David Hurn, London, 1964
David Hurn, London, 1964
David Hurn, A class is held in front of a Miro painting at the Cincinnati Art Museum, 1968
David Hurn, A class is held in front of a Miro painting at the Cincinnati Art Museum, 1968
David Hurn, A class is held in front of a Miro painting at the Cincinnati Art Museum, 1968
David Hurn, A class is held in front of a Miro painting at the Cincinnati Art Museum, 1968
David Hurn, Retired person during MG Car's lunch, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1967
David Hurn, Retired person during MG Car's lunch, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1967
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