David Hurn
CREDIT: David Hurn

Key Decisions of Magnum Photographer David Hurn HonFRPS

Event info

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

16:45 - Q&A

17:00 - Concluding comments on behalf of the RPS - Dr Alan Hodgson ASIS FRPS, President of the Royal Photographic Society

17:15 - Close 

Image copyright: Fans eyeing Ringo Starr 1964 - David Hurn HonFRPS


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

Event Organiser

Rhys Jones



School of Journalism, Media & Culture (Cardiff University)

Main Lecture Theatre 0.06

No 2 Central Square


CF10 1FS