Mullins is having teething problems in ‘New Bunker Malmesbury’ and Boxgate continues. We talk about leaf shutters and why they’re not in our X-Ts and Ps, how X100S deals with being sent to the bottom of a swimming pool, Mullins’ decision to upsize during a pandemic and we have news of an upcoming Kev and Neale documentary wedding workshop. Questions about the term ‘weekend warriors,’ two-tier sensor cameras, the rights required for selling photos made at a music concert and a thought about company names. This week’s book of the week is ’The 1960s’ by David Hurn and he’s also our guest.
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David Hurn is a self-taught photographer. He began his career in 1955 when he worked for Reflex Agency. He gained his reputation as a photojournalist for his documentation of the Hungarian revolution of 1956, and is featured in two of Ken Russell’s films for the Monitor television arts’ series, A House in Bayswater (1960), and Watch the Birdie (1963). In 1965 he became associated with Magnum Photos and became a full member in 1967.
“Life, as it unfolds in front of the camera, is full of so much complexity, wonder, and surprise that I find it unnecessary to create new realities. There is more pleasure, for me, in things as-they-are”David Hurn
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Hurn has the eye of a compassionate eagle, the skill to entice the best out of his subjects, and the wit to turn everyday images into an enduring legacy. Includes 240 black and white and colour photographs
This volume is the first anthology dedicated to Hurn during one of his most iconic periods of the 1960s. As this collection shows, Hurn has “the eye of a compassionate eagle, the skill to entice the best out of his subjects, and the wit to turn everyday images into an enduring legacy”. Hurn’s portfolio is a unique blend of celebrity and anonymity, which provides a far more accurate summary of the decade than an anthology of superstar portraits. His rendering of the 1960s encompasses both Hollywood screen idols and East End sun-seekers; headline news, alongside rituals unchanged for centuries.
Included are photoessays from the streets of New York, anti-Vietnam protests, the London Soho scene, the French Riviera, Queen Charlotte’s Ball and the Isle of Wight Festival in 1969. Also featured are portraits of some of the coolest characters of the age – like Michael Caine, Quentin Crisp and Julie Christie – and Hurn’s work within the film industry- capturing The Beatles during filming of A Hard Day’s Night, Sean Connery in From Russia With Love and Jane Fonda in Barbarella. This is a magnificent volume, curated with insight and appreciation for a true master of his art.
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