About David

David Severn is a documentary and editorial photographer based in Nottingham, UK. His work is concerned with working class culture and the places associated with it, both historically and today. He is particularly interested in the relationship between people, work and landscape. Drawn to subjects that echo his experiences growing up in a former mining town, David’s photographs seek to capture a sense of place shaped by his memories and cultural background. His current long-term project explores life within former coal mining areas of the British Midlands.

David’s photographs have been exhibited nationally and internationally. Recently David was selected as a winner of the Magnum Photos “30 under 30″ award, an international competition open to documentary photographers under 30 years of age covering social issues.



  • 2017     JCDecaux digital displays across UK: Portrait of Britain 2017 by British Journal ofPhotography
  • 2017     Nottingham Castle, Nottingham UK: Strangers Not Allowed On This Works, FORMAT International Photography Festival
  • 2016     JCDecaux digital displays across UK: Portrait of Britain 2016 by British Journal of Photography
  • 2016     Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris, Paris, France: Flaneur, a perspective
  • 2015     Think Tank Gallery, Los Angeles USA: Life Framer Award Exhibition
  • 2015     Four Corners, London UK: Uncertain States Open Call Exhibition
  • 2015     Royal Albert Hall, London UK: Royal Photographic Society International Print Exhibition 158
  • 2015     NEC, Birmingham UK: Magnum Photos “30 under 30” Exhibition
  • 2015     One Eyed Jacks Gallery, Brighton UK: One Eyed Jacks Open Call Exhibition
  • 2014     Getty Images Gallery, London UK: Renaissance Prize 2014 Exhibition
  • 2014     National Museum of Singapore, Singapore: Singapore International Photography Festival
  • 2014     Royal Albert Hall, London UK: Royal Photographic Society International Print Exhibition 157
  • 2013     University of Derby, Derby UK: FORMAT International Photography Festival
  • 2013     Magnum Print Room, London UK: IdeasTap/Magnum Photos Award Finalist Exhibition
  • 2013     White Cloth Gallery, Leeds UK: Portrait Salon
  • 2012     St Peter Port, Guernsey UK: Guernsey Photography Festival
  • 2012     Nottingham Castle, Nottingham UK: Nottingham Castle Open Exhibition


  • The New York Times
  • The Red Cross
  • The Guardian
  • FT Weekend Magazine
  • Le Monde
  • The Times (London)
  • Le Courrier
  • Rough Trade
  • Capital Magazin


  • Honourable Mention - Photographic Museum of Humanity Grant 2017, New Generation Prize
  • Winner - Magenta Flash Forward 2016
  • Winner - Gold Under 30′s Award, Royal Photographic Society International Print Exhibition, 2015
  • Winner - Metro Imaging Mentorship Award, 2015
  • Winner – Magnum Photos “30 Under 30”, 2015
  • Finalist – Renaissance Prize, 2014
  • Finalist – IdeasTap / Magnum Photos Award, 2012
  • Winner – Grand Prize, Nottingham Castle Annual Open, 2012

Talks / Workshops


  • Hourly Paid Lecturer - MA Documentary Journalism at Nottingham Trent University