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Exhibition: Swaps: Photographs from the David Hurn Collection

National Museum Cardiff
30 September 2017 – 15 April 2018
Cost Free
Suitability all

USA. Florida Keys. 1968. © Elliott Erwitt/Magnum Photos

France. Provence. Town of Le Brusc. Pool designed by Alain Capeilleres © Martine Franck/Magnum Photos

GB. England. New Brighton. From 'The Last Resort'. 1983-85. © Martin Parr/Magnum Photos

This exhibition celebrates the major gift of photographs from David Hurn’s private collection and marks the opening of Amgueddfa Cymru’s first gallery dedicated to photography.

Throughout his career as a documentary photographer and member of Magnum Photos, Hurn has been an avid collector of photography. Remarkably, he has amassed his private collection by swapping works with other photographers.

The collection comprises approximately 700 photographs by leading 20th and 21st century photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Eve Arnold, Sergio Larrain, Bill Brandt, Martine Franck, Bruce Davidson and Martin Parr, through to emerging photographers such as Bieke Depoorter, Clementine Schneidermann, and Newsha Tavakolian.

The exhibition presents a selection of works that reflect on Hurn’s own career and influences, his eye for a good photograph and the friendships he has developed with photographers along the way.

We are extremely grateful to David Hurn for his generous gift to Amgueddfa Cymru and to Magnum Photos for their support.

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Find out more about Hurn’s approach to swapping photographs on the Magnum website

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