David Hurn – Magnum Photographer – YouPic – Learn Photography

David Hurn - Magnum Photographer - YouPic - Learn Photography



we bring together for you the best photographers in the world my career of photography I've been I suppose I've been motivated by curiosity I think the 60s was a special decade for me because I was lucky in that I was in that group of inner sanctum I've obviously worked with a lot of famous people celebrity time people etc I found that photographing well-known because you're linking the fact that they're well-known to what they're doing always interesting always interesting and I would always do it and the 60s were good because it was really the beginning of they was actually a little bit earlier than that it was late fifties are I sense and of course it was great fun because we all knew each other you know and a fashion photographer you know like Bailey or something would we chat with me or McCullen etc it was no thing about you know Colin wouldn't turn man to Bailey and say oh god you're just a fashion stock you know and I found that although refreshing you know I became quite interested in film so I did a little bit on dr. now and they said oh we got to get some poster pictures the film was made either I can never remember where they were Sheppard – no Pinewood but but anyway it was made in a studio which was like an hour-and-a-half drive out of London so we were in my small little studio where I live I lived in the studio and there was cubby broccoli the head of the United Artists there and Sean Connery in about seven young ladies and and you know everybody the big banker and Tom came up to anything he said I don't know what we're going to do he said I've forgotten a gun and you said we said Oh God if we drive out there it would be three ripping hours before we start you know so it happened that I enjoyed target shooting but with an air pistol and it happened that the air pistol I had is a Walther air pistol and it had a beautiful box with walls written on the outside of it so I said to Tom look although it's in a mist and it's got a great big long barrel you know where as his is a little nobody he'll know the mere fact has got warmth of it and on the Box they'll all think it's the right one so as it all you've got to do is in the after work you know when they come to do the poster they just cut off the bow and put new such as the sights on there be okay so anyway there's Sean Connery standing there with his air pistol then of course when they come to the poster art they forgot to say you have to lock barrel of the pistol so if you look at all those posters he's standing there with air pistol so there is mr. macho with his air pistol the nature of photography is that you have to be there to do it you can't do it over a telephone or you can't write it up or anything you have to actually be there physically whether it be a place you want to go to or a person you want to meet now the higher up the ladder you get more chance you have of meeting the people you want to meet etc etc and that's very you know it's a great privilege that and so I think it's sacrosanct I think you have to respect your subject matter and and do the best you can in the circumstance but the best you can is is to record them as perhaps in 30 years time you would look back in you it's the memory of them so all the time when I'm shooting that sort of thing I want to I want to link to the memory I have if I can capture that in the picture of the picture links to my memory of it then it's work so I ended up working with Nick Lester who is the director of whittles film and one day we were in ambi Road and the four of them were round piano looking at a script in fact and of course not only did you have to have to get the four them together you have to be able to recognize the four of them at linear in at least one picture and so I have this picture but it's one of the only pictures that I actually have of the four of them together which you can see all four people so he's training I mean I always had this theory that kind of off professionalism I wasn't absolutely certain that they really like each other that much what happened is well it to be honest it really doesn't matter that night I mean right from the word go in photography all the camera was for the box of the hole in the front if you want to do like I do which is in the main photograph people reacting to each other in some loving or hating sort of way but it has some emotional sort of thing there's not much point in having a great big 10 by 8 camera around because you can't do that you you can move to where you want to be if you've got a little camera so in my case I need a little camera if on the other hand you're trying to take pictures like boom some of the early you know what kins or something some of the early great landscape photographers it's silly to have a little camera which by definition can't give you that kind of quality you have a bigger camera so the rules are very simple pop festivals you know wonderful lots of people go to them but the Isle of Wight was probably the first of the big ones but it was lovely it was lovely because it had a wonderful atmosphere about it and and if what was so surprising to me was the range of Ages I mean they really were babies there with their mothers but at the other end at the other end there was like you know 60 70 year old people all enjoying it it was an extraordinary sense of togetherness and I love it's almost my favorite thing I love togetherness I love people getting on with each other I love people touching each other Look magazine American magazine babe would wanted me to do something on Julie Christie and and so we've persuaded her that I could for over a period of about a month just warned around with her wherever she went and what was lovely about there was that you know she really did you she went on the underground and and I just shot my normal sort of pictures out of it and you know the pictures in the book are I think show that side over basically in photography there's just two controls one is where do you stand and one is when you press the button so if you stand in the right place and you press the button the right time you're going to be okay you know but obviously it tastes a little bit of experience to know where to stand you know and it takes pretty good observation to know when to press the button at the right time but it is that simple that's the reality I think the important thing about a picture is the content that that's that's what you're looking at you know and and to me it's important that I can kind of read that content I don't need two pages of text telling me how I'm supposed to look at the picture you know with photographers what is extraordinary about these cameras now is that they really can take pictures out of them in virtually any light at all I mean boy oh boy it's so much easier now than it used to be when you had to put film in developer and sort of cook it for rice all overnight to try to get something out of it and now you just press it and there it is I'm going to can't believe it I cut I really here cannot see you because the light is in my eye and I look at this picture and I can see it's a nice camera and it it's all I need is just you know one little camera lens good choose one of the things I always say to students they are saying what's the most important thing in photography and I say wear good shoes if you're going to work for 12 hours a day you better have good shoes be inspired be better be great

25 thoughts on “David Hurn – Magnum Photographer – YouPic – Learn Photography

  • May 4, 2019 at 5:03 pm
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    Need more interviews !!!

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  • May 4, 2019 at 5:03 pm
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    I'm going to go buy some good shoes now.

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  • May 4, 2019 at 5:03 pm
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    So well produced, perfect choice of music!

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  • May 4, 2019 at 5:03 pm
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    Sometimes you just know you you are listening to a master of their craft.

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  • May 4, 2019 at 5:03 pm
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    a real photographer

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  • May 4, 2019 at 5:03 pm
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    good shoes……not leica

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  • May 4, 2019 at 5:03 pm
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    This site blow up over night, I see a lot of beautiful work on there. A friend told me about this a year are so ago when then site was first made been using it ever since.

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  • May 4, 2019 at 5:03 pm
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    Loved it. Thank you for sharing

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  • May 4, 2019 at 5:03 pm
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    Great photographer, miles ahead of the likes of Bailey et al.

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  • May 4, 2019 at 5:03 pm
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    That is not only an interesting video but a heck of an ad for the Fuji camera he is holding near the end.

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  • May 4, 2019 at 5:03 pm
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    Fabulous, what an interesting interview from a hugely talented, interesting and humble man. I could listen to him for hours. Brilliant

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  • May 4, 2019 at 5:03 pm
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    Good advice from an true expert. The 'good shoes' comment I heard from Marc Ribaud when he was asked what his most important piece of was, and he answered 'my shoes'.

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  • May 4, 2019 at 5:03 pm
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    looks like an X100T ♣ as the grip is more pronounced

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  • May 4, 2019 at 5:03 pm
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    Is that camera the fuji X100?

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  • May 4, 2019 at 5:03 pm
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    Very good interview with a great photographer. You might like to go to BBC i player
    to view the Ken Russell film "A House in Bayswater" which features among others a very young David Hurn working out of a bed-sit at the beginning of his career.
    Glad he has had such success.

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  • May 4, 2019 at 5:03 pm
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    I really like his vibe 🙂 25 yrs ago I coined a phrase that as photographers we are capturing the presents so those in the future can look back at the past and I love to hear David Hurn also speak about the importance of the photos we take today for people in the future 🙂 sadly so many think that the photos are just for this moment in time♥ Sean

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  • May 4, 2019 at 5:03 pm
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    good shoes !!! holy grail !!!

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  • May 4, 2019 at 5:03 pm
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    What a talented and true gentleman.

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  • May 4, 2019 at 5:03 pm
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    Very wise words, one camera ,one lens, simplicity….the freedom to shoot exactly what you want at the right moment. Nice video, many thanks David.

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  • May 4, 2019 at 5:03 pm
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    8:29 was a strong point in this video for me. Something about him shooting the lighting and the camera was heavy.

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  • May 4, 2019 at 5:03 pm
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    7:14

    "…basically in photography there's just two controls. One is where you stand and one is when you press the button. So if you stand in the right place, and you press the button at the right time, you're gonna be alright."

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  • May 4, 2019 at 5:03 pm
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    I think David Hurn is a great influence on a whole generation of photographers and this is a good introduction video to his thinking. "Wear good Shoes" "Where you stand and when you press the shutter" both are important.

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