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David Hurn

Born in the UK but of Welsh descent, David Hurn (b. 1934) is a self-taught photographer who began his career in 1955 as an assistant at the Reflex Agency. While working as a freelance photographer, he gained his early reputation with his reportage of the 1956 Hungarian revolution. Eventually he turned away from covering current affairs, he set up the famous School of Documentary Photography in Newport, Wales in 1973, but resigned in 1989. He collaborated on the successful textbook, On Being a Photographer (1997), with Professor Bill Jay. His book, Wales: Land of My Father (2000), truly reflects Hurn's style and attempts to discover what is meant by the phrase 'my culture'.