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Exhibition: Swaps: Photographs from the David Hurn Collection / from 30 September 2017

This exhibition, which mirrors, but is not the same as, the standout exhibition at PhotoLondon in May (seen below), celebrates the major gift of photographs from David Hurn’s private collection and marks the opening of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales’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, his unique approach to collecting focuses on the act of swapping.

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. Hurn has recent donated his collection to the museum as reported by BPH here.

Swaps: Photographs from the David Hurn Collection

National Museum Cardiff

30 September 2017 – 11 March 2018

Credit, top right  USA. Florida Keys. 1968. © Elliott Erwitt/Magnum Photos

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