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

15 February 2020

12:15 - 17:15

School of Journalism, Media & Culture (Cardiff University)
Main Lecture Theatre (0.06)
No 2 Central Square
United Kingdom
CF10 1FS

Region member£10.00
Concession - Under 25£5.00 
Concession - Student£5.00 
Non RPS Member£20.00 
RPS Member£15.00 

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.

"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 photographer 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.

12.15 - Arrival

12.45 - Introduction (Professor Stuart Allan, Head of School of Journalism, Media & Culture, Cardiff University)

13.00 - David Hurn 

14.15 - Q&A

14.45 - Break

15:10 - Fiona Rogers (Chief Operating Officer, Magnum Photos), Bronwen Colquhoun (Senior Curator of Photography, National Museum Wales) and Tom Allbeson (Lecturer in Cultural History, Cardiff University)

16:30 - Q&A

16:45 - Concluding comments on behalf of The RPS Professor Andrea Liggins ASIS FRPS Emeritus Professor of Photography UWTSD, Swansea College of Art

17:15 - End 

Image copyright: The Beatles in EMI Studios - David Hurn HonFRPS


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

Opening times

Doors open from 12 noon

Hearing and access requirements

The building is fully accessible with disabled bathroom facilities. The building is 2 minutes walk from Cardiff Central Railway Station. Car drivers are recommended to park vehicles at Cardiff Park and Ride and take a bus into the city centre. There are also city centre car parks within 10 minutes walk from the venue.

Rhys Jones
Email the event organiser
07531 196435

Region: Bristol (HQ), South Wales, The RPS Journal