Opening - Saturday, 7 May, 5:30pm
FFOTO NEWPORT WELCOME DAVID HURN TO THE GALLERY WITH A SHOWCASE OF IMAGES TAKEN BY THE PHOTOGRAPHER WHEN TEACHING ON THE NEWPORT DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE IN THE 1970S & 80S AT NEWPORT ART COLLEGE AND LATER.
Several of the images have never been shown previously and give a glimpse of life within Newport during that period.
A limited edition FOLIO exhibition poster has been produced by Offline Journal in collaboration with David Hurn and Ffoto Newport,
and will be available from the gallery at the exhibition launch event.
In 1970 I was a successful documentary photographer based in Bayswater.
I returned home to Wales as a rest from living in London, and planned to spend a year there shooting freely
I met John Wright, the enlightened head of Newport College of Art and Peter Jones from the Arts Council. They asked -
'Was it possible to teach being a photographer?'
I put heart and soul into setting up and running the Documentary Photograph course (affectionately referred to as DocPhot by alumi) - a course that would swap my experience for the individual potential of each student. All tutees had two things in common: non-fiction curiosity about the world and seeing photography as a fun way of having a profession. To this end I needed to have final total control, as soon as this was threatened, I resigned.
I always thought of photography as my real Job - by example was the only way I knew how to teach. I needed to, and managed to, keen shooting pictures on at least a couple of days a week
The selection of pictures from Newport in this exhibition many of which are being shown for the first time were taken during My time with the DocPhot course and later
David Hurn: NEWPORT will run Saturday 7 May - Friday 17 June 2022
The exhibition will open 5pm on Saturday 7 May. All welcome (see info above)
Ffoto Newport - Market Arcade, Market Street, Newport NP20 1FS
Normal exhibition opening times : Saturday & Sunday 12 - 4pm
Viewings outside of this time can be requested any time via email or phone:
[email protected] / Tel: 01633 763947