David hurn in conversation with simon roberts at the photographers gallery


A talk given by The Photographers Gallery. One of the most entertaining, EVER!

David Hurn and Simon Roberts, two leading British photographers from two different generations, join us for a conversation covering a wide range of topics such as education, forging a career in photography, authoring major bodies of work, and their different approaches on documenting their home countries of Wales and England respectively.

Hurn and Roberts exhibit together at the National Maritime Museum in  alongside photographs by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr, running 23 March to 30 September 2018.

Audience participation is actively encouraged with questions welcomed. 

David Hurn has a longstanding international reputation as one of Britain’s most influential documentary photographers. Hurn is a self-taught photographer who gained early reputation with his reportage of the 1956 Hungarian revolution. He became a member of Magnum Photos in 1967. In 1973 he set up the School of Documentary Photography at Newport, Wales, now part of the University of South Wales. He has published a number of books, including the seminal textbook, On Being a Photographer. In 2017 Hurn gifted his collections of photographs to the National Museum Wales.

Simon Roberts’ photographs often deal with our relationship to landscape and notions of identity and belonging. He originally studied a BA Hons Degree in Human Geography at the University of Sheffield, a subject that subsequently informed his arts practice. In 2010 he was commissioned by the House of Commons Works of Art Committee as the official Election Artist to produce a record of the 2010 UK General Election. He has published four monographs: Motherland (Chris Boot, 2007), We English (Chris Boot, 2009), Pierdom (Dewi Lewis, 2013), and Merrie Albion - Landscape Studies of a Small Island (Dewi Lewis, 2017).