David Hurn IN CONVERSATION WITH EMYR YOUNG.
Tintern, December 2015

David Hurn YN SGWRSIO GYDAG EMYR YOUNG
Tintern, Rhagfyr 2015

David Hurn at home in Tintern, Wales. © Brian Carroll

David Hurn at home in Tintern, Wales. © Brian Carroll

David Hurn, Magnum Photographer. © Brian Carroll

David Hurn, Magnum Photographer. © Brian Carroll

David Hurn, Magnum Photographer. © Brian Carroll

David Hurn, Magnum Photographer. © Brian Carroll

David Hurn is still working, photographing and publishing at the age of 81 years and is regarded as one of Britain's most important reportage photographers.

A self-taught photographer who began his career in 1955 as an assistant at the Reflex Agency, he gained his reputation with his reportage of the 1956 Hungarian revolution. David became an associate member of Magnum Photo in 1965 and a full member in 1967. Here in Wales, he set up the famous School of Documentary Photography in Newport in 1973 where he remained for 17 years.

We met with David following the publication of a new book 'The 1960s: Photographed by David Hurn' published by Reel Art Press which demonstrates the breadth and strength of iconic images that defined the period. This first part of our in-depth conversation covers David's route into photography, individual style and 'Authorship', being a professional photographer, projects he has covered - including the Aberfan tragedy in the South Wales valleys.

Part 2 of this conversation is available here >


Y mae David Hurn yn 81 ac yn cael ei gydnabod fel un o ffotograffwyr reportage pwysicaf Prydain. Mae e'n dal i weithio fel ffotograffydd ac yn dal i gyhoeddi ei waith.

Cychwynnodd ei yrfa yn 1955 fel cynorthwyydd yn asiantaeth Reflex, Fe dyfodd ei enw da wrth dynnu lluniau yn ystod chwyldro Hwngari. Yn 1965 fe'i derbyniwyd fel aelod cysylltiol Magnum ac yn 1967 fel aelod llawn. Yn 1973 sefydlodd ysgol enwog ffotograffiaeth ddogfennol Casnewydd a bu'n gweithio yna am 17 mlynedd.

Fe wnaethon ni gwrdd â David wedi iddo gyhoeddi ei lyfr diweddaraf 'The 1960's Photographed by David Hurn' Reel Art Press. Y mae'r llyfr yn dangos ystod eang o waith eiconig David o'r cyfnod. Y mae rhan gyntaf y sgwrs yn trafod taith David, ei steil, bod yn ffotograffydd, projectau personol gan gynnwys trasiedi Aberfan.

See below for a gallery of a small selection of David's work, reproduced here on Ffoton with kind permission of the photographer.
A larger selection of David's work can be viewed on the Magnum Photos website.

Islaw galeri o waith David trwy garedigrwydd y ffotograffydd.

Gallery images © David Hurn / Magnum Photos. Used with permission. Podcast images © Brian Carroll

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Links from this conversation:

David Hurn on Magnum Photos
Philip Jones Griffiths on Magnum Photos
Henri Cartier-Bresson on Magnum Photos
Joseph Koudelka on Magnum Photos and his West Bank 'Wall' studies & video on 'This Place'
Ken Russell - 'A House in Bayswater' (video) on YouTube
Lee Friedlander - selected works on MoMA
Garry Winogrand - great video of him in action on YouTube
August Sander - selected portraits on MoMA
Sergio Larrain on Magnum Photos
Weegee (Arthur Fellig) - selected works on MoMA
Elliott Erwitt on Magnum Photos
Ian Berry on Magnum Photos and his own website



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