David Hurn's Photographic Project

A renowned Magnum photographer records Tintern village life.

World-renowned photographer David Hurn has a longstanding international reputation as one of Britain’s most influential reportage photographers. He lives in Tintern and has recorded much of what happens in the village over a period of several years.
Let David know if you have an event coming up
He is very happy to be invited to any village event or to family occasions such as special birthdays, anniversaries, reunions, baptisms and weddings (although of course not as the 'official' photographer but as an observer). He can be contacted by phone on 01291 689358 or by email hurn@tintern.u-net.com.
David has already recorded his reflections on many village events, including those shown below.
Maybe you are a young aspiring journalist?
Here's a golden opportunity for any young person, possibly even still at school, who would like to find out by 'doing' whether reportage is likely to be, for them, an interesting profession. David would be very happy to work with young people, one at a time, to be with him at individual events. If you are interested, you can get in touch with David using the contact details above.
Would you like to help in going through his village photographs and devising some captions?
As David Hurn's Tintern village collection builds up there is a danger that details regarding individual photographs will eventually become hard to recall. If you are interested in David's work and would like to get involved, do get in touch with him. You could be making a valuable contribution to the social history of Tintern as well as having the chance to work alongside a celebrated photographer.
Picnic at The Museum of the Moon, Tintern Abbey, Friday 18th May 2018
I am nearly clear of talks and workshops so am slowly returning to shooting pictures.
A good starting point was ‘The Museum of the Moon’ held in Tintern Abbey as part of the Wye Valley River Festival.
Apparently, Admiral John Byng - a Royal Navy officer who was notoriously court-martialled and shot dead by a firing squad. - wrote in the 18th century, ’The way to enjoy Tintern Abbey properly … is to bring wines, cold meat, with corn for the horses; bread, beer, cider and commonly salmon … and spread your table in the ruins’.
Good advice. Fun was had by many picnicking in the grounds. On hand was a large sculpture by Luke Jerram of the moon, suspended high in the Abbey itself, very impressive.
The Christening of Alice Kay Carter, 8th April 2018
No sooner had I decided to renew my photographing happenings in Tintern village than Joe Carter immediately invited me to a Christening in Saint Michael's. What a perfect re-start. The ceremony was exceptionally well attended. Much joy all around. I know so many friendly faces - but my memory allows for few remembrances of names. Food in the village hall after was amazing.
Jubilee Celebrations 2012
Halloween Night 2012
Torchlight Procession at the Abbey December 2012
Young Children’s Christmas Party 2012
Children’s Christingle Service 2012
Over 60s’ Christmas Lunch 2012
Tintern Ladies Literary Circle zip wire event March 2013
Tintern Film Night March 2013
Village Produce Association Flower Arranging Demonstration April 2013
“Bracken bashing” in St Mary’s Churchyard May 2013
Duck Race May 2013
Dog Show June 2013
Tintern Summer Fete July 2013
Christening at St Michael’s July 2013
Folk Festival July 2013
Village Produce Show August 2013
Sung Vespers in Tintern Abbey September 2013
Victorian Day at The Old Station September 2013
Toy Service at St Michael’s December 2013
Abbey Torchlight Carols December 2013
Christingle Service
Children's Christmas Party
Seniors' Christmas Lunch
Christmas Lunch with Friends
Brigade Band Weekend
River Wye Festival
John Allen funeral
School Reunion
Brigade Acivity Weekend
New Historians meeting
Nora's 10th
Summer Fete 2014
Dog Show
Folk on the Lawn
Sacred Sight & Sound Festival St Michael's
Sacred Sight and Sound Festival July 2014
Golden Wedding July 2014
Sung Vespers Nov 2014
Theo Klinkert's baptism, November 2014
…and some older photographs from the 1970s