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AS IT IS: Man’s footprint on the Welsh landscape

16 October 2019 - 26 January 2020


  • David Hurn, Tenby, 1974 Castle Hill at the elegant seaside town of Tenby, South Wales. Photograph. Archival inkjet print. ©David Hurn.

Photographs by Magnum photographer David Hurn, accompanied by a film about the artist by Zed Nelson

Celebrated Magnum photographer David Hurn is one of Britain’s most influential reportage photographers. Of Welsh descent, Hurn gained his early reputation with his reportage of the 1956 Hungarian revolution. He eventually turned away from coverage of current affairs, preferring to take a more personal approach to visual narration.

Hurn has spent much of his professional practice documenting life in Wales. His recent work explores humankind’s sometimes absurd impact on the Welsh landscape.

This exhibition presents some of the works featured in the film AS IT IS: Man’s Footprint on the Welsh Landscape by artist Zed Nelson, who followed Hurn’s photographic journey around Wales.

Artist profiles and statements

David Hurn

David Hurn (b. 1934 ) is a British photographer and member of Magnum Photos. He set up the famous School of Documentary Photography in Newport, Wales in 1973. He collaborated on the successful textbook, On Being a Photographer (1997), with Professor Bill Jay. A seminal book of his work titled Wales: Land of My Father (2000) was published in 2000. Hurn’s work has been widely exhibited in major institutions in the UK and internationally.

Zed Nelson

Zed Nelson is a documentary photographer known for long-term projects that explore contemporary society. He has published three books, ‘Gun Nation’, ‘Love Me’ and ‘A Portrait of Hackney’, and been recognised by numerous photography awards including First Prize in the World Press Photo Competition, the Visa d’Or (France), and the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award (USA). Nelson’s work has been exhibited widely, including Tate Britain, the National Portrait Gallery and the V&A Museum.

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