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  • 316 Paintworks, Arnos Vale
  • Bristol BS4 3AR
  • United Kingdom
Long-time friends and fellow Magnum photographers Martin Parr and David Hurn.

Long-time friends and fellow Magnum photographers Martin Parr and David Hurn.

L-R: Cartier-Bresson, Sergio Larrain, Brandt

A nice touch in this exhibition is the placement of Hurn's own image centrally with visual linkages to those by other Magnum photographers he swapped for it.

With a career spanning over six decades, Magnum photographer David Hurn is a connoisseur and patron of documentary photography. He has come up with a deliciously simple concept: building a collection of photographs by exchanging his own images for those of other photographers, in particular his Magnum colleagues.

One of the first emails any new Magnum nominee will receive is from Hurn, inviting them to swap a print. Everyone always willingly agrees; they select their favourite Hurn image and vice versa. Over the years, Hurn has amassed more than 600 prints, dating from the 19th century to the present day. Last year, the entire collection was gifted to the National Museum of Wales, where in September 2017 their inaugural exhibition marked the opening of the museum’s first permanent gallery dedicated to photography.

Martin Parr curated an exhibition of swaps with his Magnum colleagues and this was originally shown in 2017 at Photo London. This new exhibition at The Martin Parr Foundation will exhibit highlights from that show, including works by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alec Soth, Elliott Erwitt, Matt Black and Newsha Tavakolian.

Gallery opening times: Wednesday to Saturday 11am – 6pm. Sunday to Tuesday, closed