In Conversation: David Hurn and Sir Christopher Frayling
5 April 2018, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
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David Hurn, National Desert Botanical Garden inside a cactus house. Phoenix, 1980, courtesy David Hurn/Magnum Photos.
Featured in David Hurn Arizona Trip published by Reel Art Press.
Magnum photographer David Hurn discusses his new collections The 1960s: Photographed by David Hurn and David Hurn: Arizona Trips with award-winning broadcaster, writer, educationalist and cultural historian Sir Christopher Frayling.
David Hurn (b.1934) is a self-taught photographer. His natural inclination has always been less towards hard news and more ordinary people in their everyday lives. In 1956, he hitchhiked to Budapest to photograph the city during the Hungarian revolution and the resulting pictures were published in Life and Picture Post, helping to launch his career as a successful freelance visual essayist. He became a member of Magnum Photos in 1965. In the early 1970s, he set up the renowned School of Documentary Photography in Newport College of Art, Wales. He still conducts a few selected lectures and workshops. He has published a number of books, including the seminal textbook, On Being a Photographer. In 2016, he was awarded an honorary fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society. He continues to live and work from his home in Tintern, Wales.
Christopher Frayling is a recognised authority on Gothic fiction and horror movies. His study of Vampyres (1978, 1990, 2016), and his classic four-part television series Nightmare: The Birth of Horror (1996) have helped to move Gothic horror from margin to mainstream. His interest was sparked by watching Hammer Films in the late 1950s, when he was far too young . . . a misspent youth. Christopher is an award-winning broadcaster and writer. He was Rector of London’s Royal College of Art from 1996 to 2009, the world’s only entirely postgraduate university of art and design, and was also Chairman of the Arts Council of England. He was Professor of Cultural History at the RCA for over 30 years and is now Professor Emeritus. Christopher was knighted in the year 2000 for ‘services to art and design education’.